Combatting Child Abuse: Influence In Communication

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nes are an amazing invention, being a catalyst for communication all around the world. Hundreds of years ago, the thought of such speed and efficient communication would have stupefied society. Society has been thankful for all these useful advancements, but have we begun to become too invested in our small pixelated screens? When is too much Twitter or Facebook too much? Is it when one decides it’s time to go to bed at night, or maybe when a child ultimately faces no stimulation from a caregiver? The modern relationship between a mother and an infant has become almost a love triangle, including an iPhone or Samsung cellphone. This extreme passivity is considered neglectful to outsiders looking in. This leads reason to the idea that if a mother …show more content…
Further in the text, another contributor included four categories of active and passive behaviors that all feed into the realm of neglect. One of these criteria stated, “passive emotional neglect/abuse when a child is exposed to neglect/abuse or under-stimulation because of parents’ lack of ability to offer security, care and affection…” (Christensen) Stimulation of children is defined as a stable level of touch, movement, sounds, and interaction with people. When a mother is so indulged by her phone, her attention towards her baby diminishes. The child’s eyes begin to wander, searching for any form of something interesting to catch their attention, since they are growing under-stimulated. This may cause the infant to become more and more distressed. During infancy, the stimulation between a primary caregiver and the child is crucial for further development in life. Stimulation from the mother and a secure bond leads to a trusting relationship between the two. This clear divide in the child’s desire to be stimulated from a primary caregiver and the uninvolved parents draws …show more content…
When an infant cries or is distressed, they’re vocalizing out for some form of comfort from a caregiver. In the early weeks, the baby creates a learned pattern with their primary caregiver. If the baby cries out, and the mother rushes to the side of the infant, they have fostered a trusting relationship. On the contrary, if the baby cries out and instead of having a nurturing reaction from the mother, is ignored, the relationship between mother and infant will become a mistrusting one. One can see this in action when a family goes out to eat or some form of family outing. If the primary caregiver is attached to their cellphone when the infant begins to become distressed, the likelihood of the parent looking up to comfort the child is low. Instead, the guardian will brashly reply with “hush!”, which ultimately breaks the learned pattern that the child’s negative feelings will not be cared for by a parent. This is seen an extreme amount of times when observe family outings. The child yearns for some form of comfort, and instead is shut out by the importance of a cell phone. If a parent is continuously on their cellphone, blatantly ignoring the child’s desire for positive and negative reinforcement, they are stripping their offspring of important developmental tasks,

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