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    Prosocial Lies and Antisocial Lies

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    We have read about pro-social lies and antisocial lies. In the case of pro-social lies, parents and caregivers teach children the value of telling "white lies" to avoid hurting the feelings of others even as they are teaching children to be truthful. Are the values that are being passed on to children by teaching them to lie for the sake of politeness in opposition to teaching them to be honest? Why or why not? Do you believe that the social norm of telling "white lies" is harmful to society? If so, why? If not, why not?

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    Telling white lies to avoid hurting someone's feelings is not cynicism, it is science. It is ingrained in us at a young age, when we're stuck between honesty and the best practice per social policy. We're always telling children they should tell the truth, yet we're also giving them the message that it's absolutely fine to lie, as most social and behavioral sciences professors would note.

    How does this practice influence the moral development of young children?

    When children come of age to interact and communicate parents, teachers, and society instilled these conflicting messages about honesty. For many of these tender minds, we are encouraging them to be more deceptive later in life. ...

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    Moral development in early childhood rest on educators and parents teaching children that it's okay to tell 'white lies'. But where is the line drawn between pro-social morals and anti-social morals? What type of values are we agreeing? Down load and discover how does this practice influence the moral development of young children?