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Giving toy guns and weapons to children

 



Worried about about giving your child a toy weapon through fear you'll encourage aggressive behaviour?

In theory: "We can't draw a simple link between the use of weapon-based toys and aggressive behaviour. Representing violence in a game isn't about aggressive behaviour. In fact, a child who behaves aggressively doesn't need to use weapons in order to show aggression," says our expert. A toy weapon can actually help to let the imagination run free.

In practice: If your child wants a Jedi light saber or cowboy gun and holster, there's no reason why not. These toys let children imagine they're heroes and invent stories while they're running around using up their energy!




  
  

Parenting Editor
2009/12/05
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