A child’s behavior, mentality, and attitude play a key role in their educational success or failure. Children who are self-centered, bully others or easily persuaded to get into trouble may find themselves falling behind the average, making it difficult to get into college. A child’s behavior is more important to their education than ever.

Behavior is Being Controlled

Psychology experts have found that there are many controlling influences on children’s behavior. Industries such as fast food, name-brand shoes, supplements and more have an increasing level of influence on how kids behave and think. Schools also contribute to the negative control of a child’s behavior. Marketing for sports is actually contributing to kid’s unhealthy attitudes. As early as the elementary years, some schools place more focus on sports success than academic achievement and the learning process.

The Many Influences on Behavior

Kids have access to a lot more information than their parents did. Social media is a major platform for bullying during and outside of school hours. All it takes is one child to post on their social media account to get a rumor going.

Today’s children must also deal with increased pressure to be above average. Parents expect their kids to be better than average at everything. The truth is that any one child is unlikely to excel at more than one or two things. Parents and teachers should instead praise their child’s efforts rather than the results. A child who puts in the necessary level of effort will do well.

What Does This Mean for Schools?

Schools are starting to realize that the wide range of influences on childhood development is impacting a child’s ability to focus and concentrate in the classroom. School administrators have also noted that social media has a profound negative influence on the behaviors of kids of all ages. This is so important, that many behavioral analysts are being employed by schools to help students succeed. These analysts identify problems and work with students, teachers, and parents to create solutions on an individual, class and school-wide basis.

Social media and all of these other influences have more control over a child’s thoughts and behavior than ever. You can intervene by limiting screen time and sharing your family’s values and the reasons behind them. Stay on top of what your child is doing, who they spend time with and what they access online.

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