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Social-Emotional Development Theories

Current News Involving Children

On August 28, 2017, the New York Times reported a case involving children practising racism. The paper reported that a group of white teens attacked an 8-year-old black boy in the town of Claremont, New Hampshire (Love, 2017). In an interview, the boy’s mother gave details of what happened to a black boy. She narrated that the boys were playing at the picnic table where the white boys put a rope around their necks and then told the black boy to put also the rope around his neck. Thus, the boy got on the picnic table and put the rope around his neck, and one teen pushed him off the table, leaving him hanging (Love, 2017). None of the playmates helped him. The mother said she discovered about the event from the victim’s 11-year-old sister. Thus, the report says this is one of the shocking incidents where children and teens are involved in crimes of bias, discrimination, and prejudice based on people’s religion, race, gender, or disability. Also, in early September 2017, five teens from Community High School in Creston, Lowa, were pictured wearing KKK hoods, a banned racism group (Love, 2017).

Event Explanation

The theoretical perspective observed toward emotional development in childhood is understood through both functionalist and dynamical emotional theories (Berk, 2014). Therefore, A child’s interaction with the new environment is a dynamic transformation that includes multiple emotion-associated components such as expressive behaviour, action tendencies, and experiential feelings that change as the child grows and responds to the new environmental setting (Berk, 2014). Thus, emotional development is demonstrated by social experience. Thus, the children’s interactions with the school environment and what they find on the media and web influence their emotions. Thus, their interactions with one another made them wear KKK hoods.


Berk, L. E. (2014). Development through the lifespan (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Green, L., & Brady, D. (2014). Do Australian children trust their parents more than peers when seeking support for online activities? Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 28(1), 112–122. doi:10.1080/10304312.2013.854866

Love, David. A. (16 September, 2017). “Children committing hate crimes reflect our society” Retrieved from



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