Zero to hero shyness and sociability in children

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  • What makes a boy or girl a loner? Can a child's future social life be predicted in his or her toddler years? How crucial is a sense of humor as children learn to make friends? This program examines the diverse ways and varying degrees of success in which youngsters build that all-important skill: getting along with others. Observing a group of 25 children who are now three years old, the film shows how even at this age kids are making adult-like decisions about each other-who they like, who they dislike, and who their true friends are. As the children interact, the program also examines the effects of diet and video-watching on a child's sociability.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Feb. 17, 2007.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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  • Helena's Social Challenges (5:11) -- Ability to Mask Personal Feelings (1:48) -- James' Social Challenges (5:24) -- Experiment: How Well Children Initiate Friendships (3:17) -- Genetics and Shyness (5:49) -- Experiment: Self-Restraint (1:22) -- Sibling Relationships Aid Social Skill Development (5:28) -- Benefits of Dietary Supplements (3:22) -- Impact of Premature Birth on Social Development (5:43) -- Advantages of Being Sociable (2:03) -- Sense of Humor (4:19) -- Television and Child Behavior (3:50) -- Improving Basic Social Skills (3:50) -- Advanced Social Skills (4:35)
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