Childhood Conversations Pilot Program – Session 4

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We are now turning our reflections to Education & Technology. 

In particular, we are looking closely at access to technology and how information about family is shared. 

When we looked back at our own childhoods, people talked about the T.V. being the only  form of technology that most people had in their house. Cartoons were watched after school and on Saturday mornings, and movies were watched with the whole family.

Generally, information about family was shared in an annual family newsletter, sent in letters or discussed over the telephone. 

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How is information about children and families now being shared with extended family and friends? Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing? Let us know what you think of these changes. 

 

Post written by: Julie Noonan, School Engagement Co-ordinator, Berry Street Childhood Institute

Childhood Conversations Pilot Program – Session 3

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Continuing our focus on 21st century childhood…

We are now turning our reflections to Health & Wellbeing in childhood. In particular, we will be focusing on how children eat and play in the 21st century and how this has changed over the years.

When we looked back at our own childhood’s, people talked about how they remember eating mainly meat & three vegetables as a standard. The food was mostly homemade, and meals were mostly made with fresh food.

There are significant changes too, in terms of how children played and interacted, both alone and with each other.

People have talked to us about how play was unstructured and there was lots more ‘free time’. Children were generally given the freedom to roam and play with their mates in the neighbourhood and there was a sense of adventure…In many ways, children occupied themselves. 

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How is the food children eat, and the way they play, different in the 21st century?

Share your thoughts!

 

Post written by: Julie Noonan, School Engagement Co-ordinator, Berry Street Childhood Institute

Childhood Conversations Pilot Program – Session 2

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Continuing our retrospective trip back in time to the era in which you were a child…

We are still focussing on Family Environment. Let’s have a conversation about where you believed that children ‘fit’ within the family unit when you were growing up.

My personal experience was that there was a very clear family hierarchy, with dad firmly at the top!

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As children, we were expected to be respectful and to do as we were told. The phrase “children are seen and not heard” was a good indication of how families operated during that time.

What are your perceptions of how children ‘fit’ within the family unit when you were a child? Please share your ideas!

Post written by: Julie Noonan, School Engagement Co-ordinator, Berry Street Childhood Institute