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PETS ARE HELPFUL FOR KID’S GROWTH

Updated: Jun 26



By: Jin Huang


● “[Children] made fewer errors [...] and needed fewer prompts in a memory task when

there was a dog in the room.”

This is a interesting research, lol.

● “[Children] aged 2 to 5 with a family dog were more active, spent less time on screens,

anf slept more on average, than those without a pet.”

In this quote, the pet doesn’t directly make a impact on the kid’s achievement. When

kids spent less time on devices, they get to explore more things. The extra sleep the

kids’ who own animals transform into energy, which boosts their productivities.

● Kids with pets during COVID vs. Kids without pets during COVID

Scientists found there were no difference, to explain that, they said “Covid was a huge

stressor and [...] one thing [isn’t] enough to overcome it.”

● “During lockdowns, teenagers might have stuck to their daily dog walks but avoided

conversations with other dog walkers, losing out on small moments of social interaction.”

Having a dog is part of the “magic”, but little interaction moments like talking to people

when walking pets are also a big part of the pet's benefit.


Do you know that charming pets are not just playmates to kids? Studies suggest that pets can

positively influence children’s social skills, physical health, and help them reduce stress overtime.

Researchers once tested the difference between kids with and without a dog in the room, and the result

was that children made fewer errors and needed fewer attempts on tests when there was a dog in the room. Pets

provide a sense of security, which makes children more active, spend less time on devices, and sleep more with

their charming animals.

Pets may not be the direct impact, but the positive actions impacts these pets brought tohad on these

youth are huge. By being more active, children get more exercise which strengthens their physical health. By

spending less time on screens, kids can rest their eyes, explore nature, and expand their imagination.

Meanwhile, scientists compared kids with and without pets during the COVID-19 crisis. However,

they found no difference in stress levels. They explained that,that “Covid COVID was a huge stressor and [...]

one thing [isn’t] enough to overcome it.”

Furthermore, COVID cut off the human interaction part of owning a pet. Although the teenagers are

“stuck” walking their pets during the lockdown, they might avoid talking to other pet walkers in order to keep a

safe social distance, losing little moments of social interaction.

Having the charming animal is part of the “magic” as they bring you joy, love, and the feeling of

security, but the indirect impactsand little social opportunities these animals bring are also precious.



Source:

“How Pets Give Your Kids A Brain Boost.” BBC Future, BBC,

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220609-do-pets-help-childrens-development.

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