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I've got a hard time explaining the motives of the terrorists. I don't know whether this is the best article on the subject (it's near the top of this Google search) but for example What Motivates Terrorists? starts with, One of the most frequently asked questions about terrorism is also the most intractable. Why? Why do they do it? Why do people join ...


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This is the line I've taken, for better or worse... Like in school we trust teachers to be telling the truth about things in lessons. The people who attacked France, were told lies by their teachers but they really, really believe them - they think that we're bad people and they're good. So they want us to live their way. The way they were taught tells ...


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In the UK there is a programme on the BBC called Newsround, it has been going for decades, which is news specifically aimed and edited for children. While it can be a little too focused on human interest stories and cuddly animals, it does also try to offer a simplified version of the news. This would be a great sort of introduction - not just the ...


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I agree you want to be careful on how much tragedy you expose a 5 year old to, especially considering that the amount of coverage tragedies get on televised news programs far outweighs their frequency of occurrence in reality. You don't want your child to think that every hour there are murders, rapes, and other horrors happening in his neighborhood, nor do ...


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It appears that children don't learn language well from television because they need interaction and conversation. It's not so much that the "picture on a flat device [isn't] a person", but more that the child doesn't get a response when they try to talk back to the picture. In one study, when children had a conversation over Skype with an adult, they were ...


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Like many topics, I think adults tend to be the ones whose ideas can't handle things like violence and conflict (and talking about such things with children), moreso than that children can't handle it. Children are quite capable of talking about violence, war, and sexuality, and they do so, even in Kindergarten, even if adults are carefully avoiding such ...


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Good and recent examples where the father is present throughout? Good luck! Having said that: Bonanza comes to mind - though its been a really long time since I saw any of it and his kids are mostly adults. Growing pains, Cosby, Family ties, Full House and Brady bunch dads/uncles had it together most episodes (most of these dads are of course, not ...


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To answer your last question, I think that it does make it harder to teach about things that you actively exclude from your house. What is it that you want to teach your children? Do you want them to patently hate any and all forms of advertisement? Or do you want them to develop the ability to understand what they are and why they say what they say? We've ...


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Try getting her a selection of books in English. It won't help her pronunciation but will do wonders for her vocabulary. Books are particularly useful since the child can pace herself, stop to check a dictionary, review different sentence structures and expressions. My 9yo is learning Turkish by reading books for a 3~6 year old plus attending classes - the ...


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Hopefully someone else can chime in with TV suggestions... I wanted to recommend that having a pen-pal who is a fluent native English speaker can do worlds of good. My 8yo son has a pen-pal about his age in Germany whose English has improved since they began to write one another. I'd be happy to write to her (use my blog's contact form to swap addresses) ...


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As a father dealing with the same issue I can tell you that there's no TV or movie that's really going to help with that situation. I also sympathize with his situation. Before my first child was born I was concerned that the lack of good role models was going to hurt my ability to be a good parent, and I looked all around in books, TV, movies, etc for ...


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To be somewhat generic, I think that it really depends on what is covered in your area and how keen a person is to address the topics that are covered. Your approach seems good to me. The only thing that I might add is regular discussion of the topics, even when it doesn't seem necessary... just to get an idea of what he is processing. I know children who ...


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And here are four more tried and tested methods that anyone learning any language can use: Change the default language on her mobile phone/cellphone/Handy to English - every time its used she'll be confronted by English! Change the default language on her Computer OS/Login account to English Change her profile on Facebook (operating language - see bottom ...


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Language learners need: • A reason for speaking (Friendship? Shared love of a hobby?) • A good role model (Live internet radio? Films?) • No apparent pressure (Intrinsic motivation) So, you could, for example encourage her to: • Join an online English forum for her hobby or passion, and get her to take part in discussions relevant to her her interests •...


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At such a young age, there isn't a great degree of direct teaching you can do which will be effective. Modeling appropriate behavior is very likely your best option. When we see bad, rude, or unsavory actions whether on television, in a movie, or in our everyday lives, we can talk to our children and say, "That was so mean. I don't like that." The nature ...


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Apologies for the lateness of this one; didn't have time to finish it last night: When we attempt to couch a difficult discussion like this in order to avoid frightening children or instilling toxic ideas about the world, we try to simplify the topic by removing a lot of the nuance, and ultimately end up with something that's even more effective at ...


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For grade-school ages children, I don't think it's actually necessary to fully explain the motivations of the terrorists. For the younger children, it's enough to say that there are "bad people" in the world who try to hurt other people. For older kids (junior-high or so depending on their intelligence), you might explain that the terrorists are trying ...


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Modern Family is as close as it gets to a my own clan (of family and close friends) as I've ever seen on TV. They give each other crap, they say and do things that irritate, anger, entertain, etc, but underneath it all is the family bond. All the crap that happens between the people is really on a completely different level than the family unit. I almost ...


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One thing you could do is schedule "Ad Time", a short period of the day, where you sit down with him and go through some Youtube or Online Ads, talking about the things he learned in class. Sort of a fun play-time activity, which enhances the artificiality of the adverts (so it's not like watching TV and passively absorbing them), is in an environment you ...


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Try kids shows. In kids shows the actors usually speak slowly and clearly and use simple language. Good examples are Adventure Time, SpongeBob Squarepants. Movies may help also and actually may be better, for longer story content. Anything with a +80% Tomato meter is most probably worth watching, and look for G-rated movies (to ensure simple language). ...


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Our answer is: PVR. Record the news, watch it after the kids go to bed.


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When I was teaching high school, the ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher used my classroom during my planning period. Several of her students learned to speak English by listening to American music (for one Russian student, this was specifically rap music which I would not recommend since the first words he learned to use well were curse words, but ...


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One of the best ways would be to not allow her to use her native language crutch at home (If you can help it). Don't acknowledge requests in her native tongue. Only deal with her requests in English. Only speak English to her. Of course if the household is primary non-English speakers this would be hard to make happen. It doesn't matter if her requests ...



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