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Influences of Agents of Socialisation

Agents of socialization include parents, siblings, extended family, community, culture, economic environment, religion, child care, school, teachers, peers, formal organizations, sports, mass media, and technology. In an ideal world, these agents would complement one another in order to best influence a child's development.

Choose three of the above agents and discuss how these agents can have both a positive and negative influence on a child's development. Include examples from your own experience and share ways that you believe the agents of socialization could be improved.

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In an ideal world, as you know, parents give the child the support and encouragement they need. As the child grows through infancy, the mother or other caregiver usually speaks most to the child and slowly the child learns from this adult model. The same goes for the child learning physical skills. They watch the adult model and try to imitate. Mothers and fathers often also read to the children, which is another socialization activity. The parent reads, and the toddler points to the ...

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The influences of agents of socialization are determined.