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Environmental influences involved within the influence of environment on the development of a child

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Environmental Influences. There are many factors involved within the influence of environment on the development of a child. These include the location, safety within the home, pollution and diet. The location at which an individual is raised greatly affects their development. Rural environments may lead to more exercise and outdoor activities than infants living in an inner city. Also parents of the infants are likely to be fitter and so are likely to have healthy children. A rural environment would provide the infant with a cohesive and supportive community, increasing the development of social behaviour in an early age. The location of a child's upbringing affects the access to education as there may be higher quality schooling in inner cities compared to the smaller schools in rural areas. Another factor affecting schooling is that some schools may have a larger number of students than others and some have fewer teaching professionals than others. Class sizes may vary according to the size of the school. Schools in rural areas are more likely to provide home schooling. ...read more.

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A safety precaution taught to children at a young age is not to talk to strangers and to avoid contact with paedophiles and other dangers to children. There are many factors within the home which could affect a child's development including toys, television, avoiding infection, flooring and health and general safety in the home. Toys are often used a learning aids. The learning aids must be specified to certain age groups as at different ages as infants clearly have limited knowledge. Also toys have to be tested for safety reasons, as infants could harm themselves on small detachable or sharp objects. The learning aids provide infants with activities in which the infants are intellectually challenged, increasing their skills. The IQ levels of the infants could be increased through the use of game consoles e.g. Playstation games as some games provide players with intellectual knowledge through challenges. Self discipline could be developed through toys, as by encouraging to store the toys after playing, the child would be rewarded leading to repetition of the self discipline behaviour. ...read more.

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Location and pollution are closely linked, as there is a higher level of pollution in inner cities than rural areas, leading to a higher number of respiratory problems suffered within the inner city. Pollution effects almost everybody as it is a world wide growing concern. In developed countries such as the U.K. and U.S.A, the growing levels of pollution is leading to more and more people (including children) developing asthma. As the population grows traffic also becomes more congested creating further air pollution. Factors that do not help the situation include smoking, as it is a growing habit due to this, children's asthma becomes worse through passive smoking. Buildings producing large amounts of pollution e.g. Rugby cement works, increase the chances of locals developing asthmatic symptoms. The diet of an individual largely affects their growth and development. The type of environment in which they are raised affects the consistency of someone's diet. An example of this is people living inner city areas have easier access to fast food restaurants than people in rural areas, meaning people living in inner city areas are more likely to have an unhealthy diet. People living in rural areas are more likely to have balanced diets due to greater availability of fresh fruit and vegetables. ...read more.

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