2015 Professional Development Conference
Today’s children are growing up in an environment saturated with images of violent and sexualized behavior in media and popular culture that they cannot fully understand. From a very young age, what they see influences how they think about being male and female, their bodies, what they want to be, do and wear, and how they treat each other. For instance, girls learn to judge themselves and other girls by how they look and what they can buy, not by what they can actually do: boys learn to judge girls this way too. And boys learn to judge themselves and other boys by how strong, independent and ready to fight they can be.
These messages about sex and violence teach children to treat themselves and others like objects which can affect their ability to form caring and connected relationships when they are young and as they grow up; Levin has coined this “Compassionate Deficit Disorder”. They can also promote mean-spirited behavior, aggression and precocious sexuality, sexual behavior in the absence of relationships and a host of other problems at home, school and in the wider society that we are only beginning to recognize and understand.
This presentation will explore the current situation, why it is the way it is and the wide range of ways it is affecting boys and girls. It will also discuss strategies professionals can use for promoting children’s healthy development and relationships in their work with children, families and schools.
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Vermont State Nurses Association’s Committee on Education, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
|Event Date||October 23, 2015, 8:45 am|
|Event End Date||October 23, 2015, 3:30 pm|
|Location||Kurn Hattin Homes for Children|