Children are humans who have not yet become adults, usually defined as persons between birth and puberty. Children are considered to be unable to make serious decisions about their lives, and they have many rights that adults do not. Children can be classified as being male or female, or may be members of an ethnic group. They can be from any cultural background or religion, and they can have disabilities. The term child can also be used to refer to a fetus.
During the early years, children are highly social creatures and learn much of their identity from interacting with their peers. They are absorbed with shaping their experiences into stories, and they use those stories to communicate who they are. They often reflect on past events and value them based on the response of their listeners.
At an early age, children begin to develop their perspectives on aspects of their identities, including gender and race. It is important to teach them how to read their worlds and not take things for granted. They are especially good at noticing patterns, and they have a unique perspective that allows them to see connections that adults miss.
It is important to provide a positive and supportive environment that fosters the development of self-esteem and the ability to be resilient. It is also important to avoid pitting children against one another in competitions that are not necessarily beneficial to their growth. For example, saying, “Let’s see who can clean up the fastest,” is not a way to build teamwork and respect for others. This type of competition teaches kids that other people are obstacles to their goals, and it can lead to resentment.
All children deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of who they are or where they live, whether they speak English or a different language, what color their skin is, what religion they practice, what they believe or do not believe, whether they have a disability or not, or if they are rich or poor. All children have the right to be safe and cared for, to be educated in a school that is free from discrimination and abuse, and to live a life without fear of violence or poverty.
Children are the hope of the future and the foundation of society, and they must be protected by all governments, organizations and individuals. A child who is not safe, happy and healthy will never be able to grow into an adult with the potential to contribute to our world in a positive manner.
It is essential for us to understand what it means to be a child, how they think and learn, and the challenges that they face on a daily basis around the world. This seminar will explore the definition of a child and will analyze different historical eras’ understandings of the concept of childhood and the nature of the word “child.” This course is designed to inspire discussion and debate about current issues affecting the welfare of children.