The War Play Dilemma: What Every Parent and Teacher Needs to Know, 2nd Edittion / Edition 2

The War Play Dilemma: What Every Parent and Teacher Needs to Know, 2nd Edittion / Edition 2

by Diane Levin, Nancy Carlsson-Paige
     
 

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ISBN-10: 080774638X

ISBN-13: 9780807746387

Pub. Date: 11/25/2005

Publisher: Teachers College Press

Television, movies, video games, and media-linked toys have become a central part of how younger and younger children spend their time. In addition, children are exposed to increasing amounts of news about violence in the real world. The War Play Dilemma is a vital resource for adults who must be concerned with the ever-growing influence of violence on our

Overview

Television, movies, video games, and media-linked toys have become a central part of how younger and younger children spend their time. In addition, children are exposed to increasing amounts of news about violence in the real world. The War Play Dilemma is a vital resource for adults who must be concerned with the ever-growing influence of violence on our children. It addresses two key questions: What is the role of war play in young children's lives, and what can parents and teachers do to minimize its possible harmful effects?

Featuring examples from home and school settings, the authors provide practical advice to help parents and teachers understand children's attraction to war play and to find effective responses to it. They also provide guidelines for how adults can work together to make a less toxic environment for children.

Whether you are a parent or teacher, this book will help guide you through the conflicting information and confusion surrounding children's war play. Features of this book include: helpful summary boxes of key points specifically directed at parents and teachers; lists of resources for further reading for adults; lists of children's books dealing with war play and related issues; and a toy selections guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807746387
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
11/25/2005
Series:
Early Childhood Education Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
576,870
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionvii
An Unanticipated Journeyvii
The Journey Continuesviii
Acknowledgmentsxi
Part ISetting the Stage
1War Play Under Fire: Concerns About War Play Today3
Tensions in Early Childhood Settings5
Tensions at Home7
Tensions Spill Out Beyond the Classroom and Home9
Changes in Play12
2Childhood Under Fire...And How This Contributes to the War Play Dilemma15
Marketing Violence to Children15
When the World Is a Dangerous Place19
Violence and War Play Through Children's Eyes19
The Challenge Facing Adults21
Part IIUnderstanding the War Play Dilemma
3The Great Divide: Examining the Two Sides of the War Play Debate25
The Developmental View: War Play Meets Children's Needs25
The Sociopolitical View: War Play Teaches Harmful Lessons31
Reframing the War Play Dilemma: Two Lenses Are Better Than One37
Conclusion: War Play Today and the Two Views39
4Taking a Close Look at War Play Today40
Jackson Tames the Dinosaurs40
Pow, Pow, Power Rangers42
News Violence Makes the Walls Come Tumblin' Down44
Conclusion45
Part IIIStrategies for Resolving the War Play Dilemma
5To Ban or Not to Ban? Is That the (Right) Question? Deciding on an Approach to War Play49
Option 1Ban War Play50
Option 2Take a Laissez-Faire Approach to War Play51
Option 3Allow War Play, with Specified Limits52
Option 4Actively Facilitate War Play53
Option 5Limit War Play, But Provide Alternative Ways to Work on the Issues55
Parents and Teachers: Working Together (and Apart)57
6Guidelines for Resolving the War Play Dilemma60
Guideline 1Limit Children's Exposure to Violence60
Guideline 2Help Children Engage in Creative and Meaningful Dramatic Play63
Guideline 3Learn as Much as You Can65
Guideline 4In Children's War Play, Address the Issues66
Guideline 5Work to Counteract the Lessons About Violence and Stereotyping69
Guideline 6Make Keeping the Play Safe Your Highest Priority72
Guideline 7Limit the Use of Highly Structured Violent Toys73
Guideline 8Work to Counteract Highly Stereotyped and Limiting Gender Roles76
Guideline 9Create an Ongoing Dialogue Between Educators and Parents79
Conclusion81
7Resolving the War Play Dilemma: Examples of Adults and Children Working It Out Together82
More than Meets the Eye: One Family's Effort to Solve a War Play Dilemma82
Using a Class Meeting to Tame the Power Rangers: Working with Children to Solve the War Play Dilemma87
Conclusion: Can We Resolve the War Play Dilemma? Creating a Better World for Children and Their Play93
Appendix AQuestions and Answers on Dealing with War Play97
Appendix BTwo Sample Curriculum Webs99
Appendix CResources for Working on the War Play Dilemma103
Notes113
Index117
About the Authors123

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