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Did you know that the average American child sees 200,000 acts of violence on television, in movies, or in video games by the age of 18? Or, that 16,000 of those acts consist of simulated murders? Modern society is rife with negative images that are extremely difficult for children to understand. And yet, the type of play fostered by these images tends to make adults feel uneasy — particularly at a time when we are seeing unprecedented levels of violence in our nation’s schools. In this episode, author, speaker, and long-time educator, Jane Katch, will discuss the ways that young children make sense of the violence they see, how we can help them deal with it constructively, and how to recognize when “typical” violent play becomes something more concerning. About Our Guest: Jane Katch is a teacher whose classroom has been featured in several articles, radio, and television shows, including the PBS special Raising Cain. As the author of two highly acclaimed books, she has explored children's violent fantasies and aggressive behavior, and translated her insights into successful strategies for parents, teachers, and school administrators. In an age where children face danger not only from adults but from each other, she helps create safe, loving environments that allow them to face and overcome both their anger and their fears in constructive and healing ways. Learn more about Jane, as well as how to hire her for workshops, lectures, or consultations, at

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