BOLD in brief

On BOLD in August, contributors explore two different ways that social messages can affect children. Societal ideas about body image can impact how children see themselves and others, while those about aggression can impact how they behave.
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BOLD in brief

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The images children consume on the screen and elsewhere can impact how they see the world. This can be problematic when children are confronted with society’s idea of an ideal body, says Melissa Hogenboom. Children as young as three can already hold body image ideals. Hogenboom suggests ways to encourage children to develop a positive image of their own bodies. Read the article here. 

Children on the receiving end of aggression in school can suffer, but aggressors are also at risk – they may be victimized for their aggression, says Jonathan Santo. Classroom norms affect the link between being aggressive and being victimized. Young people are socialized by their peers, Santo says, and victimized if they fail to behave according to norms. Read the article here. 

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