When do children become socially aware?

When do children start caring what other people think – about how their hair looks, how their accent sounds or what their clothes say about them? And what impact should this have on the way you teach? Chris Parr reports

How can we make children more socially aware?

There is a reason most people don’t go to work in their underwear, tell people exactly what they think of them or belch loudly in the face of a colleague: by adulthood, the vast majority of us have developed some sense of social awareness. We care what others think which, in turn, is reflected in the way we dress, how we talk to other people and how we carry ourselves (exceptions do, of course, apply).

But at what age does this social awareness start to develop? When does a child typically begin to care about how their hair looks, how their accent sounds or what their clothes say about them ...

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