Social and Moral Development
Children’s social and moral development is filled with very diverse stages and levels throughout their lives. There are many differences between infants and adolescents with their moral development. Children develop at different paces and no two children will develop at the same time, but there will be specific points during the developmental stages when children become aware that changes are taking place.
The different stages from infancy to late adolescence will show how much children change in their social and moral development as they grow into adults. Infants do not typically have morals until later in their stage which is shown through behaviors like saying “uh-oh!” when something drops or breaks (McDevitt & Ormrod, 2004). They will also have reactions to aggressive behaviors like crying or cowering away from the person showing aggression along with starting to understand that people have different desires, intentions and goals than they do.
Early Childhood (2-6years old) is more aware than infants are about morals and understanding the concepts regarding morals. This means that these children start to understand what different behaviors are and how certain behaviors can actually harm them or others. Certain things like, throwing things at peoples’ heads, running out into the street, and also playing with fire. They will not have much knowledge if any at all of social institutions and are more concerned for their own needs than those around them. Parents can talk with their children at this age about their thoughts and feelings along with other people’s feelings to help them develop morally (McDevitt & Ormrod, 2004). Parents can also set boundaries and standards for how their child is to act on a daily basis- this will also help with moral development (McDevitt & Ormrod, 2004).
Increased awareness of other’s, growing recognition and empathy for unknown people who are suffering, knowledge of...