Killing Monsters: Why Children Need (Google eBook)
Children choose their heroes more carefully than we think. From Pokémon to the rapper Eminem, pop-culture icons are not simply commercial pied pipers who practice mass hypnosis on our youth. Indeed, argues the author of this lively and persuasive paean to the power of popular culture, even trashy or violent entertainment gives children something they need, something that can help both boys and girls develop in a healthy way. Drawing on a wealth of true stories, many gleaned from the fascinating workshops he conducts, and basing his claims on extensive research, including interviews with psychologists and educators, Gerard Jones explains why validating our children's fantasies teaches them to trust their own emotions and build stronger selves.
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Review: Killing Monsters: Our Children's Need For Fantasy, Heroism, and Make-Believe ViolenceUser Review - Brian McLachlan - Goodreads
Gerard Jones has a lot of insightful ideas on how children and teens consume violent, scary, and sexy stories. There are lots of good examples of how to engage with your children in regards to genre ... Read full review
Review: Killing Monsters: Our Children's Need For Fantasy, Heroism, and Make-Believe ViolenceUser Review - Ivan - Goodreads
A brilliant study on the process of maturing and the importance of seemingly violent play and fantasies for a healthy development. We, adults, love to instruct, control, normalise, categorize and pathologize, so it is time we took a look upon ourselves from the opposite side. Read full review