Preschoolers & Gunplay: What's Normal? | KCUR

Preschoolers & Gunplay: What's Normal?

Aug 25, 2013

On Monday's Up to Date, we explore how much gunplay is normal for children.
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Playing cops and robbers is just part of normal childhood, right? Should we be more concerned about what children learn through these games?

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with Robert Harrington, a professor in educational psychology at the University of Kansas, about how exposure to violence affects the way kids express their feelings, and how parents can explain violence in the news to young children. Polly Prendergast, director of UMKC's Berkley Child & Family Development Center joins the conversation.


  • Bob Harrington is a professor in psychology and research in education at the University of Kansas. He hold a bachelor's degree in psychology from Boston University, a master's in school psychology from Boston State College and a Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Iowa. He specializes in looking at sources of stress contributing to anger and disruptive classroom behavior in school-age children, factors contributing to classroom teacher stress, best practices in early childhood school psychological services, and psychological techniques with preschool children.
  • Polly Prendergast is director of UMKC's Berkley Child & Family Development Center