Killing Monsters by Gerard Jones
Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence

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Children choose their heroes more carefully than we think. From Pokémon to the rapper Eminem, pop-culture icons are not simply commercial pied pipers who practice mass hypnosis on our youth. Indeed, argues the author of this lively and persuasive paean to the power of popular culture, even trashy or violent entertainment gives children something they need, something that can help both boys and girls develop in a healthy way. Drawing on a wealth of true stories, many gleaned from the fascinating workshops he conducts, and basing his claims on extensive research, including interviews with psychologists and educators, Gerard Jones explains why validating our children's fantasies teaches them to trust their own emotions and build stronger selves.

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A Biography of Sorts I've been writing stuff on and off all my adult life. Forty years. I've worked at it, sweated over it, worried about rhythm and cadence and the efficacy of individual words in individual sentences. I've come up with a voice that feels reasonably casual and credible enough to say true stuff, but still leaves room to throw in a little lyrical language when it's justified. I've always been pretty selective. Whatever I've written usually zips right along. What I've had to say has been somewhat germane to the affairs of human existence. Some of the stuff was probably even a little illuminating-like the stuff about Ginny Good in the early sixties, for example.
Published August 4, 2008 by Basic Books. 273 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Providing realistic and helpful advice, Jones says parents need to learn to differentiate between what violent games mean to children and what they mean to adults, and to stop imposing their understanding of them on children.

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That’s some righteous mojo there, and before parents attempt to discourage such violent play, we should ask ourselves what the effect will be of telling our kids that the fantasies which make them feel better are bad.

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