As kids grow older, their brains will be shaped by the stories they read and listen to, and by their friends and family, said Dr. Matthew McNeil, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia.
And that’s the biggest thing that will shape the course of our future, he said.
“I think that the next generation will have an impact on the course we take and our lives,” he said at a news conference Monday.
Parents should be watching their kids’ media consumption habits to see what kinds of messages they’re consuming, McNeil said.
And parents should know how their kids are interacting with other people, and if they’re interacting with children, so they can make sure that they’re not doing it for themselves.
Children have to learn to be social, he added.
We can’t have children that can’t socialize.
They are very social animals, McNeill said.
Children have to do things that are socially inappropriate, so that’s why we need to make sure we’re socializing them properly.
Kids have to understand what’s going on around them, how to behave in certain situations, and what the appropriate behavior is, McHenry said.
They need to know that there are people out there for them.
Parents need to be aware of their kids and parents need to listen to them, he urged.
Parents should have their kids watch more videos, play video games, read more stories and listen more to what their children are saying, McHlenne said.
McNeil and McNeil also said that it’s important for parents to pay attention to the behaviors of their children.
Parents who don’t understand their kids can’t teach them, McNeal said.
Parents also need to understand that children don’t have a choice about what they listen to and what they read.
In fact, a study in the journal Pediatrics found that the more a child knows about his or her parents, the more likely he or she is to be inclined to seek out information from his or the other parent, the study said.
Parents can also be a resource for their children, McRae said.
In other words, parents can help their children learn more about themselves and their values and what makes them tick.
If a child is listening to a video or reading a story that’s too scary or offensive, the child needs to be able to redirect his or herself to a more positive story, McLeod said.
But parents should be aware that there is an element of risk involved in not watching or listening to that story, and McLeod added that parents need more education and support for children to understand when it’s OK to do so.
It’s OK for parents not to read to their children because it could be a trigger for a child to become a danger to themselves or others, McLean said.
That’s because parents need the tools to help children learn and think critically, Mclean said.
But parents also need help with how to raise their children to be responsible, he noted.
They should help their kids be good role models.
And they need to educate them about the world and the importance of responsibility.