Children's Empathy Towards Animals - What Do We Know?

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1. Please provide a brief summary of your video and research.

Historically, New Zealand has a longstanding relationship with animals. New Zealand's early economy is very closely tied to animal agriculture and unsurprisingly, animal related activities have become weaved into the social fabric of this country. Needless to say, children are often involved in some form of animal interaction, from helping out in farms or looking after lambs and calves, to having a multitude of pets at home, to engaging in fishing and hunting activities. However, despite the exposure children have to animals on a regular basis, little is known about how and what shapes these interactions children have with animals.

 

My research explores how children's environments shape their thinking and empathy towards animals. I explore how the interactions between children and adults in different socio-cultural backgrounds shape their relationships with animals. To investigate this, I collected data from three early childhood centres across the Waikato region, with centres ranging from an urban context to a rural dairying community.

 

I collected data mainly through observations in early childhood centres where I audio and video recorded children's interactions with their teachers and animals on the premises. I also gave each participating child and iPod to take pictures of animals they encounter in their daily lives. Finally, I interviewed teachers and parents. These parents came from a wide range of backgrounds from scientists to dairy farmers and provided an important context for children's interactions with animals.


This research will help to shed light into the influences that shape children's thinking and empathy towards animals. As one of the first few studies in New Zealand, I hope that this study will be a first step in many more research that investigates our relationships with animals. I also hope that the results of this study can help in creating humane education materials for young children.

2. Do you have a video hashtag for sharing via twitter?

#animalempathy #interactions #EMCA

Comments

55
Toni Elizabeth
almost 2 years ago

What a great project! All the best Halimah :)

Mei Ling Tan
almost 2 years ago

Good luck, Hali!

Mohamed Anis
almost 2 years ago

Interesting idea, good luck!

Carla Bryan Beardshaw
almost 2 years ago

brilliant!!!

Anbarasi Boopal
almost 2 years ago

All the best and thank you Halimah ☺️

Ana Laura Rivarola Oneto
almost 2 years ago

Amazing project, Hali! We'll support you from all over the world!

Shawn Black
almost 2 years ago

All the best Halimah!

Sonja Arndt
almost 2 years ago

Brilliant, good luck Halimah!!

Ha Tran
almost 2 years ago

Awesome, Halimah. Fighting!!!

Sarah Jane Lee
almost 2 years ago

Good luck Halimah!

Maggie Lyall
almost 2 years ago

This was very interesting, good luck with your research

Lynley Tulloch
almost 2 years ago

This is very important research. Good luck Halimah

Megan Smith
almost 2 years ago

Great work Halimah; best of luck!

Balaji Chelvam
almost 2 years ago

Good luck, Halimah! Looks like an interesting research.

Zarin JP
almost 2 years ago

Best wishes. Thanks for helping the mute. They depend on us

Sarah Oliver
almost 2 years ago

Good luck! Such an interesting research topic.

Gary Davies
almost 2 years ago

Great project, all the best! :)

Bridgette Redder
almost 2 years ago

Fingers crossed Halimah, it is great for animals to have a voice too!

Giulia Dondoli
almost 2 years ago

Awesome video!

Kitty Russell
almost 2 years ago

Love the ending!

Sunita Basnet
almost 2 years ago

Best wishes Halima! What a fantastic research topic!

Maria Rivarola Oneto
almost 2 years ago

Fantastic project Hali, so interesting! Go for it sistah, go! Xxx

Jamal Mohinitheen
almost 2 years ago

You are opening a new vista in children animal relationship. A trailblazer

Halimah Ilavarasi
almost 2 years ago

Thank you everyone for the amazing support! I'm truly humbled!

Ganga Sudhan
almost 2 years ago

This project deserves to be funded, enough said.

Nurhidayah Hassan
almost 2 years ago

I'm amazed that there is data tracking pet ownership in NZ! Is there such statistics for SG?

Nurhidayah Hassan
almost 2 years ago

Oh, all the best! You got my vote ;)

Guan Hou Heng
almost 2 years ago

Good luck and all the best ??

Ramesh Mesh
almost 2 years ago

Awesome video....gd luck Halimah

Jai Prakash K
almost 2 years ago

Very interesting research.

Ravi Philemon
almost 2 years ago

Great project. All the best my friend.

Vanitha Mani
almost 2 years ago

Great project. All the best.

Teresa Anthony
almost 2 years ago

Hope you get the funding! Its sounds like great project with potential!

Saraswathy Sivakumar
almost 2 years ago

Always fascinated by how environmental factors can shape a child's development. Aspire to pursue research in a similar field too. Good luck!

Halimah Ilavarasi
almost 2 years ago

Thank you everyone! Greatly appreciate the support.

Sue Rajoo
almost 2 years ago

All the best Hali!

Mohamed Ikbar
almost 2 years ago

Very educational project. It makes people especially children to understand and appropriate animals around us. Good Job.

Peggy Ally
almost 2 years ago

Amazing work, Halimah!! Hope your research will be funded!! All the best!

Esha Batish
almost 2 years ago

This is such an important project. I really hope you win the prize. The world wins with this work in any case.

Maya Devi
almost 2 years ago

Good luck, Hali! Hope you smash this!

Mila Molly
almost 2 years ago

Love it. Thanks for getting us involved.

Mohidin Pitchai
almost 2 years ago

Best wishes.

Mary Bee
almost 2 years ago

Good luck!

Ahelon Annathurai
almost 2 years ago

In a world where many kids nowadays have become so heavily involved in ipads/ smart phones and other technological gadgets, our society has overlooked the concept of emotional intelligence in which empathy plays a huge role. Emotional Intelligence training is now a big buzzword in organisations and we know why ,as many 'leaders' DO NOT HAVE IT!!!!
This research goes back to basics where empathy is cultivated through being involved with animals and taking responsibility for one's actions in relation to being aware of others' emotions.

I believe that this not just research but getting back to the basic attributes of caring and sharing and I thank Halimah on researching on a real fundamental topic that is relevant to shaping our kids who will go on to be leaders of tomorrow.
I wish you all the best!!!!

Chris Field
almost 2 years ago

Interesting project because I have 3 young children who I would like to see develop with more interaction with animals so they can learn and understand them as sentient beings like us humans

Kenneth Aw
almost 2 years ago

All the best Halimah!

Muhd Amin
almost 2 years ago

Good research.

Ryza Nora
almost 2 years ago

Awesome project, may it help shed more light and awareness on compassion towards all sentient beings. All the best, Halimah! <3

Christine Lee
almost 2 years ago

All the best!

Kay Weaver
almost 2 years ago

A great project, Halimah. Very best wishes with this.

Balakrishnan Matchap
almost 2 years ago

LO❤️E this Halimah! All the best! ✌?Many blessings..✨✨✨

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