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ASS1: Digital Presentation.

Taylor McNamara

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Children in Context 1
Assessment 1: Digital Presentation

Corsaro, W. (1997). The Sociology of Childhood. USA: Pine Forge Press.
This is a photo taken by Kevin Carter in 1993 during the Sudan Famine. This picture depicts a famine stricken child crawling towards a United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away. This picture represents “The child as Victim” construct. This child is voiceless and powerless and the physical needs of the child are largely unrecognized. Lingering in the background is a vulture, waiting for the child to die, so in turn the vulture can feed. I am left with feelings of shock and repulsion of how any human can photograph an innocent child and then simple leave. The photographer Kevin Carter won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and a few months later committed suicide.

Photo retrieved from: http://www.thisisyesterday.com/ints/KCarter.html

Kevin Carter South African Photojournalist

This is a picture of a young child at war. This child has been manipulated into killing people and not showing any remorse after doing so. This is an example of cultures and their ethics. Exposing children to the indecencies of war is detrimental to their well being. It opens their eyes to the world of violence so early that it alters their perceptions of reality. I believe there needs to be more laws in place to protect these children and rehabilitation programs to help the child already affected by this.

Singer, P. W. Children at War. New York: Pantheon, 2005. Print

Slavery of the 21st Century
The Hero
This child has been labeled a hero after he saves his 4 siblings from a burning fire in their family home.
This is an example of “The noble/savior child”. A child who has the capacity to take on adult responsibilities to saves others. This clip provides examples of how family members and an educational environment can foster a child's individual needs and provide them with the necessary skills to undertake heroic acts. In this clip the child was able to help others in desperate need, who may not be able yo help themselves. For example his baby sister.

Video retrieved from YouTube, Published on May 22, 2012
Phillip Block, chairman of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, supports a ban on child beauty pageants in Australia because pageants judge contestants on “sexualized ideals.” Being judged by this is detrimental to a child's mental and emotional development. It can also affect the self-esteem and body image of the child, leaving long-lasting influences. This is a prime example of “The child as commodity” where a child’s best interest is forfeited in favour of an adults self-interest. It is disturbing to see the way these innocent children are being brainwashed to believe that it is acceptable and necessary to resemble to the fictional toy ‘Barbie doll’.

Photo retrieved from- http://www.google.com.au/search?q=girls+in+pageants-childhood&tbm

Beauty Pageant
Bowlby’s theory that ‘Children learn through play’ has been merely overlooked due to the increasing use of technology. Children now rely on technology for the majority of their play, grossly limiting challenges to their creativity and imaginations, as well as limiting necessary challenges to their bodies to achieve optimal sensory and motor development. This has also led to many diagnoses of Obesity, developmental delays and sleep disorders. I believe that technology can be a great learning tool for children; however time restrictions need to be made for devices such as Ipads and computers, promoting time for imaginative and developmental play.

Photo retrieved from: http://www.google.com.au/search?q=children+and+technology

Children & Technology
I believe this poem gives a perfect example of “The agentic child” with parts of “The innocent child”
It explains a fun and stress free environment, where a child is left to explore and learn from its surroundings. “A time when children make sense of their world through active interaction with it” (Corsaro, 1997)

Childhood is hanging your pictures on the refrigerator, and tea parties you always have to cater.
Childhood is chasing butterflies and picking flowers,
playing with blocks and making towers.
Childhood is hating nap time,
and thinking everything is always MINE
Childhood is crayons and coloring books,
Playing hide and go seek in all the right nooks.
Childhood is falling asleep to your favorite lullaby,
wishing you had wings so you could soar into the sky.
Childhood is only crying over a scrapped knee,
or being stung by a bumble bee
Childhood is thinking boys have cooties,
or your mom making you wear itchy booties.
Childhood is ruining mommy's new leather,
and making friends and keeping them forever.
Childhood finally ends,
When you start to grow up,
And not having to drink out of a sippy cup

Poem Retrieved from: Childhood Is..., Growing Up Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/childhood-is#ixzz2aPKnA1SE

Childhood Poem
Child Interactions

Dr Montessori believed that “children learn not only from adults and the environment, but also from other children”. This picture shows two young children interacting with one another while having the opportunity to explore the natural environment. I believe interactions with other children teach a child to respect the needs and rights of other children. Although they are small, learning to share can be a small skill that will encourage positive relationships and attachments. I believe these children are a construct of “The innocent child”.

Photo retrieved from: http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1242&bih=612&q=child+freedom&oq=child+freedom

Nicole Vigliotti (2010). Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach Compliments the Montessori Experience. [ONLINE] Available at: http://mmpschool.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/magda-gerbers-rie-approach-and-montessori/. [Last Accessed 29th july 2013].
Piaget, J. (1932). The moral judgment of the child. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
This picture shows a young child holding her sibling. She is portrayed as a 'mother-like' figure to her younger sibling. This construction of childhood is “The Adult in Training”, where childhood is merely practice for adulthood. The photo depicts Piaget’s theory of the ‘developmental milestones’. Milestones in which explicate what roles a child should hypothetically be undertaking at a given age. This young girl has obviously matured at a faster rate than children her own age. This may include taking on adult duties, in particular, caring for her sibling.

Photo retrieved from: http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1242&bih=612&q=child+freedom&oq=child+freedom

The dominant child
This photo is a perfect example of “The snowballing Child”. In the 21st century, there is an increasing amount of families where both parents are working full time. This results in the child/children being put into full day care from a young age. When the parents get home from working a full day, there are still a copious amount of house hold duties to attend to, including preparing dinner. As the daily routine can become quite hectic and overwhelming, if a problem does arise with their child, it is often overlooked, or the parent simply gives in, as it can be quicker and less confronting outcome. With others looking into this situation, the child can often appear as a 'spoilt brat' and tantrums are often a common response from the child, who lack the skills needed to articulate thoughts and feelings appropriately. This becomes increasingly evident when things do not appear to go in the child's favour.

Photo retrieved from: http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1242&bih=612&q=the+child+as+a+dominant+figure

A mother’s love does not need and explanation and to be labelled. There are no cultural or historical restrictions. A mothers love is made up of deep devotion and sacrifice. It is never ending and selfless. There is nothing that can destroy this connection or take the love away. It is unmistakeable that when children have a sense of security found from their mother, the feel safe and free.The 10 constructions of childhood can be formed from the type of relationship they have with their mother or caregiver that replaces the 'mother figure'. This photo shows that special bond a young child can form with out words being spoken.

Photo retrieved from: http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1242&bih=612&q=the+child+as+a+dominant+figure

A mother's Love
Sorin.R & Galloway. G (2006). Constructs of childhood: Constructs of self (pp 12-21). Children Australia, 31(2).
By Taylor McNamara
Student Number:9965173
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