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conflicts that arise. When children are acting out other people's scripts as tends to happen with
media-based play, especially when the content of those scripts is violent, they are less likely to
learn the positive social skills that healthy play offers. Because of this, when conflicts occur,
children will have fewer tools for resolving them and will be more likely to resort to aggression and
Third, imitative play can jeopardize emotional development because it erodes the healthy play
children use to resolve stressful situations. In this situation, children can feel a sense of internal
disempowerment that can lead them to search for satisfaction and power through aggression
Finally, when children's play is imitative, they are more likely to incorporate the messages about
violence they see on the screen intact-in their most rigid and pernicious forms. We can think of
children as forming templates for the violence they see which can become part of their behavioral
repertoire rather then as using their play to transform the violence into something potentially more
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This document was uploaded on 04/03/2014.
- Fall '14