BY MICHAEL McVEIGH
There's an old adage, "give me a child until he's seven, and I will give you the man". It implies that what we teach children when they are young determines the sort of adult they will be.
But any parent who has had to chase their screaming child up and down a supermarket aisle will know that teaching youngsters how to behave isn't all that simple.
How do we learn what's right and what's wrong?
Graham Rossiter, Professor of Moral and Religious Education at Australian Catholic University, says children pick up their values from the world they live in – the adults around them, the stories and actions depicted in the media, and of course other children.
"You can educate children about right and wrong, but whether they assimilate it or take it on board is more complex", says Prof Rossiter.
Teaching right and wrong (Australian Catholics)