ePUB Diane E. Levin ï The War Play Dilemma What Every Parent And Teacher Needs ï

As violence in the media and media linked toys increases parents and teachers are also seeing an increase in childrenÂs war play The authors have revised this popular text to provide practical guidance for working with children to promote creative play and for positively influencing the lessons about violence children are learningUsing 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 More anecdotal material about adults and childrenÂs experiences with war play including examples from both home and school settings Greater emphasis on the impact of media and commercialization on childrenÂs 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 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 A extensive list of resources and further reading for adults and children


10 thoughts on “The War Play Dilemma What Every Parent And Teacher Needs to Know Early Childhood Education Series Teachers College Pr

  1. says:

    Going over the ever present conversation of whether or not to let children play with pretend guns and have fake wars They highlight the issues of war play and the bigger issue of stifling it They suggest that children be allowed to play war provided there are boundaries that address safety When children get stuck in war play such as repeating the same scene from a movie or from the news over and over again it is the responsibility of adults to support their play and help them past it It also points out that stifling war play may be unrealistic because of the high exposure rate to it that children have


  2. says:

    This book Was not a deep dive but had lots of good ideas for managing war play


  3. says:

    I'm pretty split about this book It does have some interesting points about war play but it says the best solution is to allow it while facilitating the play I am not one who thinks violence in the media leads to mass school shootings but I do not understand the importance of war play Why is it necessary? The book tried to answer that but I'm still not buying it The middle of the book which specified the different approaches to war play was the most interesting part with the beginning and end being boring I also was really annoyed with a situation about gender roles and how teachers could handle it They essentially gave jobs to girls that were helpful but also were the physically weaker jobs even though the book claims girls are just as strong physically As a teacher I would never handle it that way Girls and boys should have equal opportunities The book is interesting but not one that I would go rushing out to read


  4. says:

    As an anti war parent raising two apparently war loving little boys this book was such a relief if nothing else showing me that other parents and care givers are as conflicted as I am and struggle with this issue as much as I do After reading this book I feel much less conflicted and much willing to endure my boys' war play being able to frame it as a useful tool that allows them to safely face fears and develop an understanding of what war means in the context of a culture that often inundates them with violence Plus accepting this play allows for space for us to talk about it and to talk about real wars and real violence in the world which is so much better than me just closing my eyes gritting my teeth and pretending it wasn't happening I would definitely recommend this book for parents who are also struggling with this issue


  5. says:

    The eternal question to allow children to play war games or not Is it good for children to play aggressively? This book examines the developmental arguments for such play put forth by Sutton Smith The authors analyze whether the war play is actually play which can be constructive for children to work things out at times or when it is merely imitation kick kick karate chop karate chop over and over and over pre written scripts actions dictated by media and media driven toy sales This book is definitely worth reading and pondering


  6. says:

    Bottom line is that with the deregulation of television in the 1980s toy manufacturers have become the main producers of children's programming As a result children's play has changed as well becoming imitative rather than creative Violence in children's shows as well as in the news prompts children to make some kind of meaning through engaging in war play the problem is when children simply imitate the violence without working through it to a greater understanding of power control and autonomy A dry read but explains a lot about children today


  7. says:

    As a mom of two boys that constantly make pretend guns and swords out of every conceivable material I enjoyed the balanced discussion in this book about the developmental and sociopolitical aspect of this play There is a lot of research in this book so some parts are a little dry Good suggestions


  8. says:

    This was professional reading for me but I think it could be a very useful tool for parents It offers clear practical advice while keeping in mind the complexity of the issue and the developmental needs of children


  9. says:

    Very useful but somewhat limited in scope as it only addresses violent play that stems from exposure to media violence and not violent play that stems from exposure to real violence in young children's environments and lives


  10. says:

    In short kids work stuff out through play and that includes war play Limit their access to violent screen time and ask probing questions about the play to help guide it away from being imitative of moviestv and into a pretend realm