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How can childhood socialization increase or decrease negative attitudes toward racial, ethnic and religous groups???

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:57 AM on Aug. 25, 2010 in Parenting Debate

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  • It can positively affect it if the kid is used to having kids of all colors and backgrounds around from birth, then, it becomes norm and they don't notice differences. If they never are around, they have a tendency to be skittish of others that are different looking or have different ways.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 10:00 AM on Aug. 25, 2010

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    All these are given within the support of many loving people. Putting this in a child's mind to defend themselves isn't really a good ground to stabilize them with an open heart, or attitude of acceptance. Show them that God made each color, belief and culture from the same mold. From his image. HE made them to be "responsible", HE made them to become "forgiving", He made all colors, religions, cultures, to be kind, ---patient,--- loving,-- and accountable--- to their creator. So if any issue is getting pushed into their life, by news, media, or just being bullied in school, or church, than those conflicts should be on a level of kindness, forgiveness, and towards God himself, not attacks on each other.

    Answer by coffeeyum at 10:07 AM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • If children are brought up in a multicultural atmosphere then they will not have any of the "fear" people tend to have towards other races because people do not understand the other races/etc. If you really look into terrorism and hate crimes they stem from a fear and misunderstanding of the other race/religion/lifestyle.

    Answer by Memigen at 10:08 AM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • It can decrease when pushed to think a certain way.......or bullied to
    It can increase when led to hear knowledge, but not to conform, just to listen, or be exposed to things.

    Answer by coffeeyum at 10:10 AM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • Being exposed to many different races, religions & experiences will only enrich the child to better make their own decisions later in life.

    Answer by DiscoveryToysJS at 10:11 AM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • It depends. There's a lot more factors to it then just social interaction with his peers. Generally speaking having a broad social interaction with many different backgrounds, religions, (etc) can have a positive impact. However, if his home life restricts or limits who he interacts with it can cause a barrier to that positivity.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 10:50 AM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • If they are around these things regularly they will be use to it. It wont be a shocking or scary situation they are unprepared for.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 11:38 AM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • It can only help it. When a child is not only in contact with different races, religions and so on from an early age, they are less likely to see any difference between themselves and these other people at an older age. It's not hard to understand!

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:27 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • what we see and do as young children deeply engrains our belief systems... it could be positive or negative depending on if the interactions were good or bad with ppl of other cultures... i know ppl who are very accepting of all ppl because they had diverse upbringings. i know ppl who were sheltered from other cultures and races and are still completely accepting. and i know ppl that feel that they were hurt at a young age by ppl of a culture or race and are permanently scared toward that culture or race... they cant forgive them and generalize... we all have different experiences even if we do the exact same stuff.. people process differently. you cant make a general statement about being simply exposed to other cultures... it doesnt necessarily effect your level of acceptance. (is this a college essay ??)

    Answer by AmaliaD at 2:53 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • Kids are shaped by the examples their parents set for them....they copy what they see and hear at home before anyone else,at school or in the neighborhood. Hopefully,kids todsy will learn at home that all people are alike and skin color doesn't matter and that religious preferences are not important either....In other words that we will accept all differences as no difference .

    Answer by gertie41 at 10:14 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

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