There is a belief that children’s lack of knowledge, experience and skills call for them to be nurtured and socialised for a protected time before they are ready for adulthood and the responsibilities that come with it. Pilcher believes that the most important feature of childhood is separateness and that childhood itself is seen as a clear life stage which causes a separate status between children and adults. This separateness is emphasised in many different ways, for example, there are laws which regulate what children can and cannot do. Related to the idea of separateness of children’s status is the idea of childhood as a ‘golden age’ of happiness and innocence. However, this innocence means that children are seen as vulnerable and in need of protection from dangers of the adult world.
Sociologists say that childhood socially constructed (which means that it is created and defined by society). They say that the position children have in society is not permanently fixed, it changes over time. This is obvious by looking at how childhood is seen in other cultures and the past. It is accepted in our society now that childhood should be a special time of life, children are seen as being different from adults so should be treated differently because they are physically and psychologically immature and are not able to be dependent. So they are seen to need a lengthy period of time where they are nurtured and socialised before they are seen as responsible adults in society.
As Jane Pilcher (1995) believes the most important feature of the modern idea of childhood is separateness. Childhood is seen as a clear and a distinct life stage, and children in our society occupy a separate status from adults taking in the account of how much time they would spend with the family, children in today’s modern society are more isolated from their parents and do not bond enough with them. This separateness is emphasised in many different ways, for example, there are laws which regulate what children can and can’t do for example laws restricting child labour, no smoking also law says that children have to
It looks at the factors which end in us behaving in a given way and look at the conditions in which cause us to behave in that way. Social psychology looks at a wide range of social topics which include group behaviour, social perceptions, conformity, aggression and prejudice. When children learn they acquire their behaviour from their parents and other children, from a young age they learn from their parents how to behave in public, the correct use of manors and social norms. But on interaction with other children they learn how to share, society’s values which other children have picked up and how to behave in social situations. Also evolutional (inherited from parents) could have an effect on how a child behaves as in the child’s genetics it might be that they are susceptible to violence this means that the child may have more violent tendencies.
Being raised in a low income area surrounded by people living the same lifestyle as you as if struggling is the norm of society. Children learn from early in their adolescent years adapt to their environment if they see their parents living in the projects in most cases they won’t have any means to get out of the projects. Children are affected mainly because of what they see not all but quite a few children are comfortable living the same way they grew up . No matter the situation the child comes from it will never determine their fate.
The Brave New Neverland Growing up means learning from getting hurt, taking on responsibility, and losing childhood innocence. In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the people of the World State never seem to grow up and lose their childhood innocence. They work as adults but outside of work they are permitted to act like children with no responsibilities and drugs that take care of any unpleasant emotions. They are sheltered with no understanding of how to deal with things and are trained to not grow up mentally. In the World State no one really grows up because the World State wants everyone to be happy and not experience pain which means no one loses their innocence.
Examine children’s experiences of family life and why the family is important to them The following essay will examine children’s experiences of family life. I will show my understanding of when childhood began and elaborate on the Aries thesis to examine views of childhood. The sociology of childhood offers a theoretical perspective that interprets children’s experiences of the family and school. I will identify the reasons why family is important to children, furthermore showing how intuitions and social practices influence and shape childhood. The pinnacle point of this essay will be to explore children’s experiences of family life and show what it is like for different types of families such as lone parents and step families.
From the moment we are born the family influence begins to impact our thought process. As children we are like sponges that absorb ideas and morals. Beliefs are taught to a child in sophisticated way such as listening to parents and their opinions regarding religion, moral issues, social problems, and even how others be have. These beliefs shape our decisions, thoughts, and especially our actions
This does not mean that parents have no rights to what happens to their child while they are at school but this allows school to guide student behaviors though discipline. This idea is called in loco parentis (pg. 378). This concept was once more important in schools than it is now but it has brought forth it idea that no matter the student, disabled or not, there needs to be a certain level of responsibility put on all students for their behaviors when they are at school. This would be a great chapter of the book for parents to read because it would help them to understand why the school is doing what it is doing.
Bandura holds that behavior is learnt through observational learning process from the environment. Children observe the individuals around them behaving in certain ways. The paper, therefore, focuses on explaining what social learning theory is in detail through looking at its implications on children. In this theory, people that are being observed are known as models. In all societies, children are surrounded by a variety of influential objects including guardians or parents in the family, friends in their peer groups, teachers at schools and religious institutions, and characters on television (Akers, 2009).