The War Play Dilemma: What Every Parent and Teacher Needs to Know

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Teachers College Press, 2006 - Education - 124 pages
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As violence in the media and media-linked toys increases, parents and teachers are also seeing an increase in children's war play. The authors have revised this popular text to provide more practical guidance for working with children to promote creative play, and for positively influencing the lessons about violence children are learning.

Using a developmental and sociopolitical viewpoint, the authors examine five possible strategies for resolving the war play dilemma and show which best satisfy both points of view: banning war play; taking a laissez-faire approach; allowing war play with specified limits; actively facilitating war play; and limiting war play while providing alternative ways to work on the issues.

New for the Second Edition are: more anecdotal material about adults'' and children's experiences with war play, including examples from both home and school settings; greater emphasis on the impact of media and commercialization on children's war play, including recent trends in media, programming, marketing, and war toys; expanded discussion about the importance of the distinction between imitative and creative war play; and summary boxes of key points directed at teachers or parents.
* New information about violent video games, media cross feeding, and gender development and sex-role stereotyping.


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Concerns About War Play Today
Childhood Under Fire
Examining the Two Sides
Taking a Close Look at War Play Today
To Ban or Not to Ban? Is That the Right Question?
Guidelines for Resolving the War Play Dilemma
Examples of Adults
Can We Resolve the War Play Dilemma?
Appendix B Two Sample Curriculum Webs
About the Authors

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About the author (2006)

Diane E. Levin is Professor at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige is a professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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