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Examine the reasons for changes in the position of children in the family and in society

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Examine the reasons for changes in the position of children in the family and in society There is no doubt that through the last decade, the meaning of childhood, or mere existence of it in society has changed dramatically. The three key changes to people's childhoods has been through laws surrounding them, schooling and the welfare state regulations and protection for them. These have all contributed to children from early in the 20th century to be economic assets, admiring to their parents and independent turned into nowadays' children being economically dependent on their parents with society focused around them. It cannot be argued that without the legal changes to children's working laws, childhood would not be what it is today. Getting young children out of work to earn a living for their family meant that they have more time to play, make friends and build relationships with their families. ...read more.


Having compulsory schooling for every child in the UK meant that children had more opportunities to achieve in their lives, get out of their way of living and class, gain social conducts and also have more rights and protection. Children have changed as they have gained a lot of importance in the family and nowadays the parent's lives mainly revolve around their children as their education is key to getting a good job and living a good life after they leave home. Education has had a big impact on families such as many families currently move houses and areas to get into good catchment areas to get their children into good schools, giving up many of their own luxuries to afford private education and giving their children rewards for doing well at school. Compare this to when children were low in the pecking order in the family in the early 20th century as 'Dad' was the key figure in the household. ...read more.


Due to laws like these on children, they are getting more from their parents, such as emotional support and material items through the use of 'pester power'. It could even be argued that many people get more out of their parents and are happier than was ever imagined a decade ago. The final point about how children have changed is that they are more open to the dangerous world we live in. Due to technology and the media, children see a lot more than was ever shown a few centuries ago. This may be for the worse or for the better, through watching violent movies and sexual adverts for example - but it is too early to show if there is any real damaging effect of this. In society, this makes children more aware of the outside world we live in which is result in childhood becoming shorter and eventually perhaps running out? ...read more.

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