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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935


License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Started in 2005

Published quarterly

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Open Access Journal

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Modern Toys: Risks and Dangers (Materials from the Workshop at the MSUPE Center for Play and Toys)

Smirnova E.O., Doctor in Psychology, Director of the Center of Play and Toys, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Professor, Chair of Preschool Pedagogic and Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia,
The article presents the seminar which is based on the “harmful” toys. This seminar was organized in the Centre of games and toys in MSUPE. The theme of the seminar is linked with the requirements of the public and parental controls to restrict the production and sale of these toys which can harm the mental health and the development of children. The discussion was attended by the leading child psychiatrists, psychotherapists and psychologists. They discussed the issues that were associated with the risks and hazards from the toys, and the possibility of studying the potential harmful effects of toys. All participants of this discussion were agree with this fact, that a toy itself cannot harm a mental health, while at the same time, a toy (along with cartoons, multimedia, games and so on.) takes part in the formation of certain needs and views of children. This workshop demonstrated the complexity of the problem and the necessity for its further development.

Keywords: modern toys, “terrible toy”, game, psychological and pedagogical expertise, information products, mental health, risks and hazards

Column: Scientific Life


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