Belonging

Belonging

 

Looking at photos gives children a sense of belonging and the opportunity to ask questions about who they are.  “It lets children learn who they are and where they fit in. They learn about themselves, their own family and their story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves: “I belong here. This is where I come from.’”

It is important for children to be able to see and touch a photograph, not just viewing them digitally, Craig Steinberg, a licensed psychologist who works with children ages five through 13 near Eugene, Ore. says “Touching the photograph where a face is smiling or the shoulders, it is the same thing as touching a book when you read it. There’s a lot of happening in the brain when you have that sense of touch. It isn’t the same message sent to the brain when you are touching a keyboard, mouse or a touchscreen but you are not touching the image.”

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