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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807746387
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2005
  • Series: Early Childhood Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 582,526
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

1 War play under fire : concerns about war play today 3
2 Childhood under fire ... and how this contributes to the war play dilemma 15
3 The great divide : examining the two sides of the war play debate 25
4 Taking a close look at war play today 40
5 To ban or not to ban? : is that the (right) question? : deciding on an approach to war play 49
6 Guidelines for resolving the war play dilemma 60
7 Resolving the war play dilemma : examples of adults and children working it out together 82
Conclusion : can we resolve the war play dilemma? : creating a better world for children and their play 93
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