What messages are being received via various media and what are their effects on children?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I think a key message that children are being taught daily is the NEED to subscribe to a certain kind of beautiful.

    With the huge influx of makeover shows, medical cosmetic surgery and more recently the popularity of dissecting the appearance of the "homely" Susan Boyle, it is easy to see why kids feel intense pressure to correct any perceived faults (acne, crooked teeth, maintaining the perfect 0 size, frizzy hair) least they become the "unpopular kid" character, that we're all familiar with in TV programmes and movies.

    Not to mention the INTENSE scrutiny that is placed on teen stars such as Vanessa Hudgens, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift et al, who's every pimple and fashion faux pas is splashed across magazine spreads, it's easy to see why kids have become increasingly aware of their physicality.

    The effects are an increase in low self-esteem, eating disorders, obesity (due to "eating" feelings of inadequacy),a hyper-awareness of their physicality and the currency (or lack thereof) that such a physicality can ascertain, as well as a persistent feeling of worthlessness, never being able to quite attain, the lofty heights of what a child should be.

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