Reasons why photography can be good for your child’s development:
Creativity and problem-solving skills
Psychologists studying the concept of positive constructive daydreaming found that it was vital to imagination and creative thought development. Therefore, giving your child the confidence and freedom to explore and try new things can improve creativity. Thanks to the intricacy of photography, motivating children to take photos will learn them how to solve problems (like lighting and composition) creatively.
Appreciating what others see as ordinary
Learning to compose photos require abstract thinking on lines, shapes, geometry and colours. This sharpens young minds, making them more inclined to appreciate the idiosyncrasies of life. From a young age they will learn that anything you see, can inspire.
Exploring, building confidence and learning to deal with criticism
Instead of spending time cooped up indoors staring at a screen, they can be outside exploring – whether it’s nature or street photography. They will learn to look at people differently and to be bold enough to ask them to take a photo. Honest feedback will also boost their confidence and teach them to take critique for the betterment of their work. (Taking them seriously by signing them up for a photography workshop or printing their work is a very good idea to give their confidence that extra boost!)
Meeting like-minded people
Not only will they have fun with friends who share the same interests as they do, but they will actually meet more individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures. This will allow them to become more tolerant, open-minded children with a better understanding of other people.
Reward and positive reinforcement
Taking a photo that you’re proud of releases dopamine that motivates you to repeat that specific behaviour and neurobiologists believe it correlates with creativity too. It creates a “happy circle” of positivity.