To what extend have ideas about childhood changed over the centuries?
New concepts of childhood have been established to an enormous extent over the centuries. Over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries people have had different ideas of childhood and how children should be raised. On the contrary, as society has developed, perceptions about childhood have arisen. In modern society people have grown and have recognised new notions of childhood. Today, the media plays a large role in the way children are brought up. Society also faces differences with adversities in child imprisonment as children are viewed children as innocent thus causing punishments to become less punitive. Also there has been a large difference of teenage pregnancies over the centuries. As a result of these new notions of childhood we discover that ideas about childhood have differed as time has progressed. One element which evokes an indication of childhood modifying to a great extent as centuries pass is the influence of technology towards children. Over the past decades technology has played a major role in society. According to (Conrad 2013) a typical modern child aged between 8 to 10 years of age would spend an average of 6 hours watching television for a day. Whereas, in the early 18th century technology had not been invented yet thus causing a large change childhood. A child as young as 5 at this time were child labourers, this immediately identifies the great extent in which childhood has altered over the centuries. With technology comes access to media and social media. Livingstone (2002, p. 1) argues that the death of childhood had occurred as technology has taken over as she writes ‘’we can no longer imagine living our daily lives- at school or home, with family or friends- without media communication technology’’, this quote indicates that childhood has been ruined consequently as children and young people spend their time with technology rather than people whereas...
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