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Growing Up [electronic resource]

Part of a series that has followed a group of children from their birth at the millennium, this program reviews the children's life and challenges as they hit their teenage years. We discover how they have coped with bullying, with having a famous parent or with learning to live with money worries. Footage from the archive gives us a view into the children's past. All our families take part in both programs but this one predominantly features Helena, the only survivor of triplets born prematurely; Parys, whose mom Alison Lapper is a famous artist; Yorkshire girl Rhianna, who is forthright about her family's financial troubles; technology loving Taliesin; Het from Wembley in London, who has big ambitions; farm girl Megan; Matthew from Surrey, whose family is preparing for a great chan [...]
Online
2013
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Changing Families [electronic resource]

With thousands of hours of observational archives and interviews, Changing Families documents a 12-year study of British family relationships. Viewers will hear children articulate their feelings about life and discover how they have coped with divorce, getting into trouble at school, and bereavement. Parents discuss expectations for their kids and explore the future of the family as a whole. This program provides insight into the next generation, as they make the transition from children into young adults.
Online
2013
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Flesh and Blood [electronic resource]: Sibling Rivalry

Why are siblings often so different? Are "only" children lucky or disadvantaged? What are the long-term effects of birth order and sibling relationships? This program underscores recent theories that suggest relationships among a nuclear family's children-rather than those between parent and offspring-are the most meaningful to an individual's growth. Monitoring a group of 25 six-year-olds, the program follows experiments that highlight the significance of sibling rivalry and bonding. Among the lively subjects are James and his older sister Bernie, whose relationship is tested by their unstable living situation; twins Alice and Charles and their intrusive younger brother William; and Het Shah, an only child whose parents fear they have spoiled her.
Online
2008; 2006
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Right and Wrong [electronic resource]: Moral Development in Children

Do most people get their values from their parents or from society at large? At what age, and with what tools, do children begin to work out what is right and wrong? Can young children distinguish between actions that are morally deviant and those that simply violate a social convention? This program explores those questions by observing a group of 25 six-year-olds and the varying levels of honesty and compassion they display. Confronted with simple yet specific tests-gauging their willingness to lie, cheat, and even destroy a photograph they are told is sentimentally valuable-each child exhibits a unique sense of what is good and correct. Equally revealing are the program's comparisons between childhood and adult idealism.
Online
2008; 2006
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Recipe for Success [electronic resource]: How Children Learn

How and why do humans learn new things? Why are we stronger in some skills than others? At what age do we learn most quickly, and how can we improve our learning capacity? This program studies the knowledge-building process that typically occurs in childhood by observing 25 six-year-olds as they adapt to the challenges of their surroundings. Focusing on seven key areas in which learning takes place-musical ability, logic, emotional understanding, creativity, narrative skill, spatial reasoning, and physical dexterity-the program studies the varied strengths of several children as well as the learning difficulties many struggle to overcome. Environmental and parental influences, as well as the role of self-motivation, are evaluated.
Online
2008; 2006
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Will to Win [electronic resource]: Helping Children Succeed

Why do some children give up on problems easily while others persevere? What makes a boy or girl afraid to try in the first place? This program studies the factors that help create a resilient personality and the reasons why some children back down from challenges. Visiting a group of 25 seven-year-olds, the film observes them with their parents and on their own as they undertake practical tasks gauging motivation, self-confidence, and assertiveness. The tests include the Tower of Hanoi, a building project requiring concentration and planning; a group of three puzzles-designated easy, medium, and hard-that reveal a child's estimation of his or her own abilities; and a card game between parents and offspring, rigged to show how the kids cope with losing.
Online
2008; 2007
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Fitting in or Standing Out? [electronic resource]: Conformity in Childhood

As children begin school and other new experiences, what happens to the values, behavior, and expectations they have learned at home? Why do so many young people follow the crowd? And when does conformity become a bad thing? This program explores those questions, visiting a group of 25 seven-year-olds who are learning to cope with peer groups and situations. Children and parents are given tasks to see who conforms and who is comfortable standing out, even when personal convictions are under pressure. Subjects watch film clips of older children and are asked to copy them; clips of party scenes are also shown, eliciting opinions about what it would be like to attend. Finally, a Q&A game challenges kids to speak their minds when presented with obviously wrong answers.
Online
2008; 2007
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Killing Creativity [electronic resource]: Are Schools or Parents to Blame?

If we're all born with creative potential, why do many children lose their inventive tendencies as they grow older? What role does organized education play? This program observes a group of 25 seven-year-olds and their families in order to study childhood creativity, why it frequently fades, and why it matters. Exploring the impact of school and whether or not it dampens the creative impulse, the program looks at ways adults can encourage and promote imagination, curiosity, and originality. In addition, the children take part in activities that reveal the precarious state of their natural ingenuity. They are asked to draw a man who could not possibly exist, to address Santa Claus through a live web link, and to examine, if they dare, a "monster in a box.
Online
2008; 2007
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Divide of the Sexes [electronic resource]: Gender Roles in Childhood

Why do boys underachieve? How does celebrity culture influence the self-esteem of young girls? In an atmosphere dominated by sex and consumerism, are children growing up too quickly? This program addresses those issues, reporting on a group of 25 eight-year-olds as they adjust to gender roles and expectations. Nathan's parents have gone all out to make sure he grows up without stereotypes-but real life isn't that simple. Rhianna's mother is the breadwinner and childcare provider in the family, while her father spends most of his time drinking. Meanwhile, tomboy Megan has taken an interest in the opposite sex, Helena has embraced her femininity, and Tyrese is displaying male aggression.
Online
2009; 2008
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The Age of Stress [electronic resource]: Children Under Pressure

What are the consequences of bullying, high-stakes testing, homework overload, and family turmoil? Do these experiences prepare kids for an uncertain life ahead or are they too much, too young? This program explores what happens under the stressful conditions that children often face at home and school. Tracking a group of 25 eight-year-olds, the program follows young subjects through academic, domestic, and medical challenges. Featured children include Rebecca, who struggles to match her brother's scholarly abilities; Taliesin, an easy prey for bullies; Rubin, a talented boy in economically perilous circumstances; and Eve, whose father is recovering from surgery and whose mother now faces a serious health crisis.
Online
2009; 2008
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Thanks for the Memories [electronic resource]: How Children Remember

Do our brains store experiences from our first few months of life? What happens to children who witness disturbing events before age two? How does being unwanted affect a baby? This program explores the personal significance of memory and examines the developmental stages at which meaningful awareness is formed. Visiting a group of 25 children, the film observes them as they turn two years old and studies the relationship between their memories and their current state. Among them are troubled Charlotte, who has converted her fear and sadness into bad behavior, and Jamie, whose mother has had difficulty forming an attachment to him.
Online
2007; 2002
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Power Struggles [electronic resource]: Parents vs. Children

Is it healthy for parents to exercise complete control? Are rebellious children better equipped for the future? What measures should be taken to reign in unruly kids? This program looks at childhood battles for independence and the reasons why such struggles are psychologically necessary for children to undergo. Observing a group of 25 toddlers who have become self-aware and generally want their own way, the film examines the tests of will that arise during this crucial time. Triplets Alice, Mabel, and Phoebe compete for attention. Twins Ivo and Alexander have perfected the art of the temper tantrum. And how will disabled mom Alison discipline her rambunctious son?
Online
2007; 2002
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Zero to Hero [electronic resource]: Shyness and Sociability in Children

What makes a boy or girl a loner? Can a child's future social life be predicted in his or her toddler years? How crucial is a sense of humor as children learn to make friends? This program examines the diverse ways and varying degrees of success in which youngsters build that all-important skill: getting along with others. Observing a group of 25 children who are now three years old, the film shows how even at this age kids are making adult-like decisions about each other-who they like, who they dislike, and who their true friends are. As the children interact, the program also examines the effects of diet and video-watching on a child's sociability.
Online
2007; 2004
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Read My Lips [electronic resource]: Learning Language

Communication is at the core of the human experience, even though effective communication takes a lifetime to learn. This program explores how we develop the arts of speech and physical expression to make ourselves understood and to understand others. Visiting a group of 25 three-year-olds, the film observes them learning as many as ten new words a day-some already grasping the first 1,500 components of the 20,000-word vocabulary collected in the average life span. The "nonverbal leakage" or body language that supplements verbal skills is also explored, demonstrating that children with verbal disadvantages can compensate through other techniques.
Online
2007; 2004
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Identity Crisis [electronic resource]: Self-Image in Childhood

What shapes a child's identity-situation and surroundings, or unchangeable factors within the child? This program weighs in on that question by capturing the emotional and psychological development of 25 boys and girls at age five. In fascinating and sometimes disturbing scenes, the children reveal clear signals about their self-worth and their expectations for the future that bear strong connection to nationality, gender, skin color, economic class, and the presence or absence of either parent. Powerful in its social implications as well as its emotional impact, Identity Crisis brings vital documentation to the nature vs. nurture debate.
Online
2006; 2005