Updated: Dec 17, 2021
Tackling a Sociology Issue in Child Abuse
20% of children in Singapore have experienced school bullying or child violence. Child abuse is a very serious issue that affects a huge number of people. It can include being hit, being called names, being ignored, etc. Many factors need to be addressed to prevent child abuse because it can lead to other problems such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem. They may be depressed because they have been victimized by someone who should have been there for them and loved them unconditionally. These feelings can persist into adulthood if they are not dealt with correctly which only makes the problem worse.
Why Social-Emotional Development Is More Important Than You Think
Social-emotional development is a hot topic in the world of education. The United States Department of Education has a goal of educating all children in the U.S. to be emotionally literate by 2026, and other countries are following suit with similar initiatives.
This comes as no surprise when you consider that research has shown that social-emotional skills correlate with academic success at least as strongly as formal schooling. It is crucial for adapting to life’s challenges, managing mental health, establishing positive relationships, and navigating diverse environments. The impact of developing these skills early on cannot be underestimated or overlooked."
3 Components of Social and Emotional Intelligence
This section discusses the 3 components of Social and Emotional Intelligence.
First is self-awareness which helps us understand our own emotions, strengths, weaknesses, needs, and motivations.
The second is empathy or understanding the other person’s perspective.
The third component is social skills that help us regulate our emotions and make connections with others.
Many educators are moving away from traditional methods of teaching social skills to children to methods where they naturally teach these skills while playing games or doing activities.
How To Support It In Your Home.
It has been found that the more a child has a social-emotional learning program in their home, the better they do in school. This is because children who have these programs have a higher motivation to learn.
Many parents are including these types of programs, which teach their children how to deal with emotions and relationships, in their homes. This is happening because they realize that it will help them do well in school and will also help them throughout life. For example, parents can provide their children with the opportunity to express themselves verbally or through art, offer their children choices about what they want to do or wear, give them space for expressing feelings of frustration without being punished, and point out the emotions that others are feeling.
OEL will be releasing a textbook series that focuses on social-emotional development for kids. This textbook fosters engagement between children, parents, and teachers as a collective effort. Stay tuned!