Children's war play: the issue for parents is no longer as simple as love it or leave it. Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Diane Levin explain the parallel changes in society and children's war play that make a yes or no decision impossible. Children have less control over war play than ever before. Combine high-tech war toys with an increasingly violent attitude in society and in the media, and we get an explosive mix that must be dealt with diplomatically instead of disallowed as forbidden fruit or shrugged off as "natural." The authors discuss several strategies to return creative control of play to children and to lessen the emphasis on violent content.
From Library Journal
There is a growing concern among parents, teachers, and others about the proliferation of warlike toys, rampantly marketed and enthusiastically greeted by our nation's children. Here, two educators explore the often developmentally necessary role of aggressive play in childhood, demonstrate how most of the current Rambo-type toys actually undermine the potential value of such play, offer a number of creative alternatives to these toys, and suggest ways in which individuals can help to affect public policy to discourage this trend (e.g., by urging tighter regulation of children's television). A sound and effective treatment of an important topic, recommended for most public libraries.-Marcia G. Fuchs, Guilford Free Lib., Ct.
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