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  1. 1. HOW HAS THE ROLE OFCHILDREN CHANGED?
  2. 2. Learning Objectives• MUST know how and why children’s roles have changed• SHOULD be able to explain in detail• COULD evaluate the change in roles
  3. 3. HOW HAS THE ROLE OFCHILDREN CHANGED?
  4. 4. Starter• You have two minutes to brainstorm what you can remember about your childhood (eg toys, games, TV shows etc)
  5. 5. BRAINSTORM: Childhood in the past Childhood nowadays
  6. 6. BRAINSTORM: Childhood in the past Childhood nowadays
  7. 7. Childhood in the past Childhood nowadays (19th century)• Father was the head of • Spoilt? the family – great deal of authority and little • Higher status involvement with children • Child-centred families• Rich – nanny/boarding • Seen as a time of school? innocence• Poor – children as economic assets (sent • Children should be out to work) protected• Children have low status • Exposed to adult world? (“seen and not heard”) Eg sexualised?
  8. 8. • Many sociologists have argued that families are now much more child-centred than they were in the past because family life revolves around the interests and welfare of the children • The amount of time that parents spend with children has doubled since the 1960s • Parents are more involved with their children, taking an interest in their activities, discussing decisions with them and treating them more as equals • Children’s welfare is often seen as the priority • BRAINSTORM: Why are families more child-centred?
  9. 9. Families are smaller Why are families IncreasingGrowing fears more affluence child- centred? Compulsory education makes children dependent on parents
  10. 10. • Children are increasingly experiencing different types of family structures and different kinds of family relationships as they grow up• Why?• What affect might this have on children?
  11. 11. • The experiences that children have are affected by factors such as.. • Social class • Ethnicity • Gender Work in pairs to brainstorm how each of these factors may affect childhood
  12. 12. • A lot of children live very happy family lives but a significant number live in poor conditions and/or are not well cared for
  13. 13. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01xYdGsisf8
  14. 14. Exam Qs• Identify two ways in which the role of children has changed within the family. (2)• Explain what sociologists mean by a child-centred family. (4)• Identify two reasons why families are more child-centred nowadays. (2)• Describe one way in which the experience of childhood may vary depending on the sex of child and explain why this may be the case. (5)
  15. 15. Plenary• Think-pair-share: What have you learnt this lesson?

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