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NCJ Number: 77012 Find in a Library
Title: Vandalism - It's a Dog's Life
Author(s): D Christianson; E Christianson
Corporate Author: Christianson Productions
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Sponsoring Agency: BFA Educational Media
Santa Monica, CA 90406
Christianson Productions
Long Beach, CA 90808
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: BFA Educational Media
2211 Michigan Avenue
P.O. Box 1795
Santa Monica, CA 90406
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Suitable for primary, intermediate, and junior high school students, this animated film shows how a really 'nice kid' becomes a vandal, told from the point of view of his pet dog.
Abstract: In flashback, the audience sees how easily a person's irresponsible behavior can lead to vandalizing, what makes a person continue vandalizing, and how damaging someone's property affects the instigator as well as other people. The film suggests the power of peer pressure in vandalism and gives the audience some ideas about resisting pressure from their friends or older acquaintances. The dog shows an understanding of his owner's human nature and observes reasonably without passing 'heavy' judgment. Eventually, the boy learns his lesson on his own. He realizes that his irresponsible actions have endangered other people, destroyed his friendships with other boys, and cost the school (where he broke windows) and property owners a great deal of money and heartache. A viewing guide contains discussion questions. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Crime costs; Films; Instructional aids; Property damage; Vandalism
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