how are children s representation of emotional development shaped by media contributions

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Use research (journal articles, newspapers, movies and online sources) to evaluate and distinguish the influences of heredity, environmental context and cultural values in their case scenario;

Now and Then (1995)

Starring Christina Ricci, Rosie O’Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffman, Demi Moore, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Rita Wilson

Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter

Four childhood friends gather together to prepare for the birth of a baby. While together, they reminisce about one memorable summer when they promised to be there for each other.

Stand by Me (1986)

Starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, Kiefer Sutherland

Directed by Rob Reiner

A classic film based on Stephen King’s short story “The Body,” Stand by Me is told by the narrator, looking back on his preteen days when he and three friends went on their own to find the body of another kid their age who had gone missing and was presumed dead. Still struggling with the death of his older brother, the young boy is compelled to set out with his three best friends for an adventure none of them will ever forget.

Jack (1996)

Starring: Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Jennifer Lopez, Bill Cosby, Fran Drescher, Brian Kerwin

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

This fun but dramatic film is about a boy with a unique aging disorder that makes him age four times faster than normal children. Various problems ensue such as going to school for the first time and trying to become friends with children his age, causing emotional stress, and not just physical issues, for young Jack.

Little Man Tate (1991)

Starring: Jodie Foster, Adam Hann-Byrd, Dianne Wiest, Harry Connick Jr., David Hyde Pierce

Directed by Jodie Foster

It is discovered that a young boy is a genius. His single mother is determined to ensure that while her son has all the opportunities that he needs, he is not taken advantage of by people who forget that his extremely powerful intellect is housed in the body of a young and sensitive child.

Immediate Family (1989)

Starring: Glenn Close, James Woods, Mary Stuart Masterson, Kevin Dillon

Directed by Jonathan Kaplan

Married 10 years, an infertile couple turns to adoption. Through an agency, they meet a teenage single mother. They spend time together, eventually creating a bond, and she agrees to sign away custody to the couple. But things don’t go exactly as planned, and they are all emotionally tested waiting for the young girl to do the right thing.

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