War Play Dilemma What Every Parent and Teacher Needs to Know

ISBN-10: 080774638X

ISBN-13: 9780807746387

Edition: 2nd 2005

Authors: Diane E. Levin, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Diane Levin

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., (right) is a professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston, where she has been involved in training early childhood professionals for more than twenty-five years. An internationally recognized expert who helps professionals and parents deal with the effects of violence, media, and commercial culture on children, Levin is a senior adviser to the PBS parents’ website for girls, the co-founder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, and the author or co-author of seven other books, including Remote Control Childhood? and The War Play Dilemma. She is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on alcohol and tobacco advertising and the image of women in advertising. The New York Times Magazine named her one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. Her award-winning films include the Killing Us Softlyseries, Slim Hopes, Calling the Shots, and Spin the Bottle. The author ofCan’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, she is a frequent guest on radio and television programs such asToday andThe Oprah Winfrey Show. She has testified for the U.S. Congress and been an adviser to two surgeons general. A Senior Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women, she lives in Newton, Massachusetts. www.sosexysosoon.com

Preface to the Second Edition
An Unanticipated Journey
The Journey Continues
Acknowledgments
Setting the Stage
War Play Under Fire: Concerns About War Play Today
Tensions in Early Childhood Settings
Tensions at Home
Tensions Spill Out Beyond the Classroom and Home
Changes in Play
Childhood Under Fire...And How This Contributes to the War Play Dilemma
Marketing Violence to Children
When the World Is a Dangerous Place
Violence and War Play Through Children's Eyes
The Challenge Facing Adults
Understanding the War Play Dilemma
The Great Divide: Examining the Two Sides of the War Play Debate
The Developmental View: War Play Meets Children's Needs
The Sociopolitical View: War Play Teaches Harmful Lessons
Reframing the War Play Dilemma: Two Lenses Are Better Than One
Conclusion: War Play Today and the Two Views
Taking a Close Look at War Play Today
Jackson Tames the Dinosaurs
Pow, Pow, Power Rangers
News Violence Makes the Walls Come Tumblin' Down
Conclusion
Strategies for Resolving the War Play Dilemma
To Ban or Not to Ban? Is That the (Right) Question? Deciding on an Approach to War Play
Ban War Play
Take a Laissez-Faire Approach to War Play
Allow War Play, with Specified Limits
Actively Facilitate War Play
Limit War Play, But Provide Alternative Ways to Work on the Issues
Parents and Teachers: Working Together (and Apart)
Guidelines for Resolving the War Play Dilemma
Limit Children's Exposure to Violence
Help Children Engage in Creative and Meaningful Dramatic Play
Learn as Much as You Can
In Children's War Play, Address the Issues
Work to Counteract the Lessons About Violence and Stereotyping
Make Keeping the Play Safe Your Highest Priority
Limit the Use of Highly Structured Violent Toys
Work to Counteract Highly Stereotyped and Limiting Gender Roles
Create an Ongoing Dialogue Between Educators and Parents
Conclusion
Resolving the War Play Dilemma: Examples of Adults and Children Working It Out Together
More than Meets the Eye: One Family's Effort to Solve a War Play Dilemma
Using a Class Meeting to Tame the Power Rangers: Working with Children to Solve the War Play Dilemma
Conclusion: Can We Resolve the War Play Dilemma? Creating a Better World for Children and Their Play
Questions and Answers on Dealing with War Play
Two Sample Curriculum Webs
Resources for Working on the War Play Dilemma
Notes
Index
About the Authors
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