Children and the Perception of War – News of last-minute education

In today’s world, the war between Ukraine and Russia negatively affects children and adults living outside the borders of the two countries. Although the fear and pain of young children is heartbreaking, especially in Ukraine, adults in our country need to be careful for children watching these pictures.

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At the beginning and at the forefront of these arrangements, early childhood children are not allowed to see the news of the war and do not talk to them. However, adults around them – their families and teachers – should answer the questions of children who have seen images of war and listened to conversations, with restrained, calm and carefully selected sentences.

Children associate situations that they do not understand with the response
In the face of violence, tanks, guns, explosions, and images of people in pain as they appear on the screen, adults should express their grief as calmly as possible, not reflecting their grief in answering the child’s question. Early childhood children try to understand situations that relate to adult responses that they do not understand. Even if the young child does not fully understand a subject that brings grief to the adult, he may perceive it as a tragic situation. Tragedies like war make people sad, but when talking to young children about this problem, it is necessary to pay attention to the way of expression and the language used.

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Answer the question calmly
Young children may want to ask their parents and teachers why the war took place, what will happen, how long it will last, and why. In this case, the child should answer as calmly as possible without going into too much detail, instead of not responding and blinking. These speeches should end with the statement that the war will end as soon as possible and that efforts are being made for peace. Although some children can easily express their feelings and ask if they do not understand, some children may withdraw and calm down. Speak or not, but be aware of the war, it would be appropriate for children to be observed by adults. If a child behaves differently from his or her normal behavior, the child should seek the help of a specialist such as a psychologist or guidance counselor. It is also important that families of primary school children cooperate with the school and their teachers How teachers in schools will answer children’s potential questions about war should be determined and prepared in advance with the help of experts. At a young age, children may have difficulty understanding violence, even in television, cartoons and games. For example, if the characters in the cartoon fall from a height, get crushed, and then run up, it can be fun for the baby. Related to their developmental characteristics, early childhood children cannot distinguish between play, recreation and reality.

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Same situation for adults
As children develop and learn, they may begin to distinguish between the real and the virtual. Adult support is important for children to distinguish between real and virtual. But for some adults in the modern world, the situation is almost like watching children’s cartoons. The explosions and lights they see on television make it difficult for some adults to understand the gravity and pain of war. For some adults to understand the chaos and pain caused by war, going to the battlefield to film and interview is much more realistic and meaningful than for media personnel to see light and explosion footage. It is sad to see the human tragedy and devastation shown by the media as anyone who thinks war is mechanical and far from itself, but it is probably the first step against war. In today’s world, especially young adults who are obsessed with virtual games, virtual worlds like Metaverse and Screen can’t think much about the difference between their real and virtual. The old-fashioned journalism about the tragedy of war that the media workers go to the scene and talk about the war and the people, their broadcast is an example of real journalism that helps us to understand the reality. This makes war more difficult to explain, which is difficult even for modern adults to understand, especially for young children. Adults who understand the reality of war will do their best to protect young children.

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Children who come to our country should be supported
One group that needs support is the families and children who have moved away from the battlefield to our country. It is important that the Ministry of Family builds teams of experts such as psychologists, guides and psychological counselors to assist children and families who come to our country after a difficult and frightening long journey. One of the things we can do for those fleeing the battlefield is to quickly heal the wounds of children and families. Of course, humanitarian assistance for young children and families left behind on the battlefield should begin as soon as possible. War should be avoided, but if it does, protecting our young children is an adult’s priority and responsibility.

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Professor. Dr. Who is Ojana Ural?
After graduating from Istanbul University, in the Faculty of Letters, Department of Education, he earned his postgraduate degree in the Guidance and Psychological Counseling Program at the University of Bogazisi, and began working as an assistant in the Faculty of Education at the same university. Later, he earned a second master’s degree in adult education at Bogazisi University and began his doctoral studies in the same field. After receiving his doctorate, he began working in the Department of Public / Adult Education, Faculty of Atatুrk Education, Marmara University, which at the time was a graduate education program and became an associate professor in this field. Following the decision of the Council of Higher Education to implement the undergraduate program instead of the public / adult education undergraduate program, he started working in the Department of Pre-School Education and got the title of Professor in this field. In addition to his academic studies, he also held administrative responsibilities as head of the department, the Department of Elementary Education, the Deputy Dean, and the head of the Institute of Educational Sciences. Although he is still the head of the pre-school education department, he continues to work as the head of the adult education graduate program. He is also the coordinator of the Masters Program in Pre-School Education (Petal) with an international partnership. The local government jointly implements joint adult and family education projects. In addition to his academic studies, he taught doctoral courses and offered doctoral thesis advice. Her main areas of study are adult education and psychology, family and maternal education, women’s studies, child cognitive development and examination concerns.

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