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How do external factors affect a child's development?

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HOW DO EXTERNAL FACTORS AFFECT A CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT? A person's personality and moral values are usually developed during their childhood according to the experiences in this period of their lives. Childhood is one of the most delicate stages in a person's lifetime. Therefore, it should be taken seriously within the individuals that surround them. Being careful with the actions and decisions that they make in their presence, which may be crucial for the youngster's development. The basic reason I opted for this topic is that many people aren't aware about what factors can affect a child, and how these factors influence them on upcoming stages of their life. The external factors that affect a child's development are: technology, economy, and vices. ...read more.

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This happens when an individual doesn't give the device its proper function. For instance, spending too much time on the Internet, cell phone, etc. As result, it can bring inner isolation to the individual. In other words we could say that technology, whether high tech, low tech or no tech, does not and cannot perceive the intent of the user. It simply obeys. Whether we're talking about high technology or stone tools, the technology just does whatever it does, blindingly obeying because it has no conscience or self-awareness. In simple terms, technology is a lever to amplify a man's will. A lever can be used to move a heavy object. A computer can be used to rapidly calculate or communicate. How technology is used is up to the person using it. ...read more.

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It is up to the rest of us to do the best we can to be prepared and do what we can to minimize risk. Another factor that affects a child's development is Economy. It can affect the youngster's physical and/or mental health. How is this possible you might ask? Well, if the individual's caregiver doesn't support him economically, can lead into serious consequences such as malnutrition which can lead to mental impairment. Children who live in impoverished areas have harder time socializing than their more affluent peers. In towns with a comfortable economic level, there are usually organizations that offer fun and enriching experiences for children, but in communities where money is an issue, residents do not have the necessary funds to support extra-curricular activities that provide kids with opportunities for social development. 2 ...read more.

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The introduction sets out what is going to be discussed. However, it is unclear why technology and vices have been chosen as external factors affecting child development. The writer has then gone on to discuss technology but has hardly touched on the economy. Also what does the writer mean by vices?

Nutrition, health, socio-economic factors, family, education and politics are all topics which the writer could have chosen from since these are all external factors affecting child development. These external factors are far more important and relevant.

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Marked by teacher Linda Penn 08/05/2013

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