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NCJ Number: 157407 Find in a Library
Title: Teaching Peace: How to Raise Children to Live in Harmony -- Without Fear, Without Prejudice, Without Violence
Author(s): J Arnow
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 248
Sponsoring Agency:
New York, NY 10016
Publication Number: ISBN 0-399-52155-0
Sale Source: Berkley Publishing Group
200 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide on violence prevention explores social issues that affect and sometimes promote bias and prejudice and provides a foundation for teaching young people peaceful and tolerant values in the home, school, and community.
Abstract: Conditioning for hatred and violence often begins when young children play with guns, dolls, video games, and other toys that encourage aggression, conflict, and war. In addition, television has a significant impact on child development, and studies indicate a strong correlation between violent images children watch on television and aggressive behavior. Television violence may also result in desensitization and fearfulness, decrease the sensation of danger, reinforce cultural stereotypes, and contribute to domestic violence and unrealistic views of conflict. Ways of responding to children's concerns and controlling or managing the level of violence to which they are exposed are discussed. The focus is on media literacy and sexism and racism in children's literature, as well as on promoting a nonviolent school environment and gender fairness in the classroom, involving parents and teachers in violence prevention, encouraging multiculturalism in the community to deal with such social problems as hate crimes and gangs, and working for change. The author covers self-esteem, peer pressure, media images and stereotypes, and critical thinking skills. Sources of additional information on how to instill nonviolent values in children are noted. 170 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Aggression; Child victims; Conflict resolution; Crime in schools; Cultural influences; Domestic assault prevention; Gender issues; Juvenile victims; Media coverage; Peer influences on behavior; Self concept; Social change-delinquency relationship; Television programming; Violence on television; Violence prevention
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