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How the Media and Pop-Stars Affect our Children

Parenting Advice Concerning Sexuality and Media with Dr. Jean Kilbourne

The effect celebrities and media have in the lives of children is profound. In the current age, many young girls look up to the likes of Disney stars, singers, and actresses in an idealized "role model" fashion, with intent to walk, talk, dress, and act similarly to those they idolize. The question is: how do we allow our childfen the freedo to embrace and enjoy the media and entertainment, yet curb the over-sexualized behavior that is easily the end result?

Award-winning author Dr. Jean Kilbourne Ed.D. discusses this topic in depth with Kids in the House: The Ultimate Parenting Resource, and sheds some light onto how parents can protect their kids from becoming "So Sexy, So Soon."


“Celebrities have tremendous influence on children and teens” Dr. Kilbourne explains, “The fan base for many celebrities is very young kids especially little girls. This early exposure to such content influences how children want to look or dress and also pushes children into early sexualization.” 


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