The conception and story of [The COROTAIGERS] are based on empirical evidence from Public Health, Developmental Psychology and Clinical psychology. We regard the COVIT-19 virus as a villain called Coroner which is an “externalized” existence, because we aim at encouraging people to fight against Coroner together, rather than to argue and bother with each other.
In the story of [COROTAIGERS], for example, Compassion Pink Ranger considers countermeasures, based on the theory of social perspective taking. In infancy, the child becomes able to imagine the feelings of others who are different from him/her. In first grade at elementary school, the child can imagine how happy or sad his/her friends are when they are laughing or crying. In third grade, the child begins to realize that friends are sometimes trying to pretend to be happy, so as not to make him/her worry about them. In higher grades, the child can predict that friends have mixed feelings, like sadness but also frustration and anger at once. In other words, the child gradually become able to think from the perspectives of others.
In this way, as children grow up, they develop the ability to be compassionate. However, in a dreadful state like the COVID-19 crisis, people could lose their mind, have more negative feelings, become more egocentric, and be unable to make a rational judgement. They also are more likely to protect themselves and ignore others’ feelings. In addition, some people may be involved in attacking or harassing someone by following others, instead of courageously telling their feelings and expressing their disagreement. It can be difficult to properly understand one’s complex feelings and convey those feelings with appropriate expressions, and to control intense negative feelings. Therefore, it is necessary for children to develop emotional literacy.
[COROTAIGERS] program is intended to develop children’s social and emotional skills through social skills training methods: communicating what is important to children by using expressions that are easy for them to understand (instructions), demonstrating good and bad examples (modeling), having children think and behave by themselves (rehearsal), correcting their misunderstanding and giving suggestions (feedback), and having them applying learned knowledge and skills to daily situations(challenge).
In order to encourage children to apply the skills they learned from the [COROTAIGERS]program to daily activities, we created a [COROTAIGERS]Twitter account. When your children practice the skills at home or school, please report it with photos. We will give them positive feedback 😀 Please try it!!!
We really hope that the [COROTAIGERS] program, which was designed based on various empirical evidence, will help children enjoy learning important skills to overcome this challenging time.