A social experiment that illustrates the differences between adults and children with respect to persons with disabilities was recently conducted in France by disability support groups in the country.
In the experiment, elementary school children and their parents play a simple game to imitate a person’s face in the same way that was displayed on the monitor.
People who appeared on the screen project a so-called “strange face” and parents and their children in the experiment are requested to imitate the same facial expression that they see on the screen as shown in the photo below. The experiment becomes thought-provoking when images of people with “disabilities” are projected on the screen.
Here is a parent and her child imitating the image that they see on the screen.
The final image on the monitor shows a person with a “disability” and it is the different reactions by the children and their parents become poignant.
Here the child imitates the expression of the person with disabilities while the parent doesn’t attempt to imitate and just stares thoughtfully at the screen.
Finally, the experiment finishes with this message.
“Let’s see things differently with the eyes of a child”
In this experiment, children freely imitate the images without hesitation as they see without prejudice or social norms while adults are impacted by these factors.
Adults do have the element of empathy or feelings toward other people so they can take action and prevent discrimination against people with “disabilities” by helping their children understand about these social values.
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