Recent studies reveal that in a developing baby and young child, the ability to recognize danger is strongly correlated with the bambina-gattonadevelopment of motor skills.  A baby who is adept at crawling will, when faced with a drop, stop and turn around, while a beginner will fall over it.  The same behaviour is repeated when the same baby learns to walk and is exposed to an identical situation: a beginner will fall over it, while an adept walker will avoid it.  Therefore, a young child’s ability to avoid danger is more dependent on mastery of movement than on an abstract notion of danger. Research into this at the University of New York, was conducted by asking parents to keep watching over their children who had not yet developed motor skills, but to increase as much possible the level of possible, new motor experiences.  It should be noted that when children reach school age (six years old and up), cognitive skills become ever more important. Between the ages of six and eleven, observing accidents (directly or through photos) is already enough to be able to recognise dangerous conditions and avoid them. This ability improves with age.

 

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