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Media influences on the very young

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The flickering screen and the ringing cell phone are sources of stimuli to which your child becomes attentive. It is not yet known exactly what influence this will have on development. It is clear, however, that children remember how media are used in their environment. They perceive and imitate your behavior and that of their older siblings – for example, by holding a building block to their ear and “talking into it.” In the course of the first two years of life, the perception of media content becomes more and more conscious. This can be seen, for example, when looking at a picture book together, where the child points to pictures.

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