Imitation

Matilda was one of my favorite movies as a child. I mean, duh. The girl could move things with her mind and make pancakes at the age of three. She was my idol. Once my neighbor asked if I needed help getting my bike from the garage and I replied, "No thank you, I think I can manage." What did that mean? I had no idea. But that's what Matilda told the librarian so I was pretty sure it was legit. 

A while ago my friend's five-year-old informed her that being late to the party would make her and "abomination," a word she learned from some light television viewing. 

Have you ever witnessed a child break out in Spanish only to realize Dora is turing the rising generation bilingual? Or what about those baby dancing videos? I'm sure you've seen this by now, but if not, get on it.


What I'm getting at here is that kids learn from the media they watch. A boy in my media class brought up a great example. He has had the opportunity to interact with many people who learned English from the media. He said it's really easy to tell the difference between the ones who learned from Arthur and those who learned while playing Call of Duty. It's important to pay attention to the messages in the media your child is watching. Remember that they observe everything they see. 

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  1. It's actually amazing how quick kids learn, and how quick they catch on. Kind of scary, too.
    Loved that video!!
    we&serendipity

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  2. I've noticed this too! My niece copies what she sees people around her doing (imitating my sister putting lipstick on, etc.) so it is only natural for young kids to imitate what they see on TV, especially since they don't understand that things on TV aren't real.

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  3. If you let your young children play any kind of online game, you need to be aware that they are being exposed to some of the most vitriolic profanity, racism and sexism imaginable. They seriously need to be old enough that you can have a conversation about what those words mean before you unleash that kind of stuff on your kids.

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