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This assignment talks about sociology in childhood. We are working as a group to complete this assignment and linking sociology to a book called the Story of Childhood growing up in modern Britain. Sociology in childhood talks about the way in which children grow up and learn from their own experiences by understanding their own race, culture, gender, identity, influence from media, religion, politics of childhood, children’s rights and responsibilities and all these affect the nature of childhood by influencing children’s social behaviour and attitudes in their lives. Children also influence from family, school, peer groups and this relates to the childhood socialisation. The book that we are studying is based upon children’s lives in modern Britain the child that we have been reading about is called ‘Lois’. Lois talks about how people in modern Britain have taken the advantage of taking naked photos of children including Lois and exploiting the photos in the London exhibitions. According to Brooks (2006) ‘‘Sue Andrews exhibited a series of photographs of Lois alongside the work of an American photographer called Betsy Schneider at the spits gallery in London’’. (Brooks 2006, page 54). At the age of ten Lois has full knowledge of what is happening in Britain and clearly understands about how the society is towards children as well.

The implications that children in this society and issues that arise within the society by answering to the question below and connecting it to a book that I read about childhood growing up in modern Britain. What are the implications of sociology of childhood for the way issues that concern children are addressed? Children in today’s society are vulnerable and exploited to media technology and influenced by adults and sexuality. There are adults that witness the corruption of childhood innocence, within the society children are exploited to sex either by pornography, perverts and etc. We are in the 21st century were children should be in their time of innocence and happiness a time to be creative and to play with little or no responsibility. (Tucci, et al 2006 wynes 2006)There are concerns that children should not be exposed to all knowledge if their innocence and vulnerability are to be protected at the same time parents are becoming increasingly aware of social expectations from influences from peers and the environment. Adults that abuse young children minds and corrupt them in to sex and making them vulnerable are not safe around children.
They should not be allowed to be in the same community or environment for parent’s sake and the children’s safety because parents are worried about their children at all ages of their safety and their well-being. Adults and children’s parents have concerns about the status of contemporary childhood is the view that children are growing up to fast as the social environment lacks stability and is rapidly changing. Within today’s society much younger generation are being targeted, and softened up for exploitation (Patricia Edgar 2007).The government introduced laws to the rights of the child as the social perceptions of childhood. There are loads of implications in the society were children grow up even though there are laws and policies about their health and safety as well as their well fare.

Professional practice with children should require a great duty of care. This duty of care includes the right to the child’s privacy, the right to protection from all kinds of harm and the right to happiness to mention a few. But often, parents and caregivers erode a child’s right when seemingly doing good to the child. The implications of the sociology of childhood for understanding professional practice with children entails an understanding of the times we live in. Nowadays, kids are no longer kids. In the words of Libby Brooks, we are not in the times when “adults and children were separated by the corruption of the adult and childhood’s purity” rather, “there is a corruption of childhood innocence”. Today, we see how commercial images of childhood innocence targeted stimulating nostalgia about childhood if not an outright return to innocence have been perverted. The image of childhood sell, entertain and reinforce fantasies in adult minds. This is so because images of childhood show the rawness of sexuality which only the mind’s eye can see. Freudian psychology reiterates biblical caution of a man’s mind. The heart of a man is desperately wicked. Who can know it? These days when children reach puberty earlier than normal, what might seem sheer beauty might spur inordinate affection in others. So it is in childhood photography. These photographs do not portray real children just as the real intent of the message is distorted. Often, we allow certain behaviours from our children or make certain provisions for them that might actually expose a child to harm. So when providing care at childhood, one must ensure that the child’s privacy and safety is protected.

An analysis of effect must be the foundation of childhood care. People with a duty of care at childhood must ask pertinent questions regarding the outcomes of action taken. Sincere answers to these questions will help attain desired objectives in childhood. Lastly, an understanding of the paradigmatic shifts in the sociology of childhood is another key to better childhood care and management. What would have seemed offensive to a child in the past might actually be a thing of humour. Also is the child-adult role play. Many children pretend adulthood before they become adults. They dress and behave like adults and possess same cravings as adults.

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Reference: Brooks, L. (2006) The Story of Childhood: Growing up in Modern Britain. London: Bloomsbury.

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Hey everyone i have sent you all an email on the text review work can you please have a look at the questions and let me know if you need any help. It needs to be done by wednesday and if you can try do it in that time i would most appreciate that.
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