media= bad influence

United States
December 11, 2008 9:19pm CST
ok, so I don't have kids, but one of my friends who does brought up this interesting topic... I wanna see what you all say.... Her daughter, who is 7 asked her for a bra for christmas... She also dances very provocatively to Britney Spears and the pussycat dolls. Does the media make our children want to be more adult than they should be? How can we control it when they see this stuff everywhere that they go?
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
12 Dec 08
The poster in response #1 made some very good observations and points that I totally agree with. We can't keep our kids locked in a closet so they are going to be exposed to bad enfluences on television, in movies and at school. It's so important to have good communication with our children and especially with our daughters who can be so negatively affected by the media. Kids will always want to act older then they are but we need to help our daughters develop a good self image.
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• United States
12 Dec 08
I agree with this completely. I think that it is up to the parents to make sure that their children are taught things correctly.... and before they are taught wrong. I guess this means that we have talks with our children at earlier ages about proper behavior and so on.... I think that we should tell them the truth as soon as they start asking questions, but only tell them in terms that they understand and spare them details until they are old enough to understand. I was adopted and my parents told me at 5. It was a bit hard to swallow, but they told me the facts, answered my questions and always supported me when I had more questions. I think that is an important part of helping children understand who they are and what they are supposed to be. It helps them to be better prepared when someone throws something at them. And children are unusually cruel at times.....
@SueD823 (371)
• United States
12 Dec 08
As a mother of a 10 year old I can attest to this. I surely didn't teach her the things she knows about. Television has changed dramatically in the past 40 years and there is so much available. Since children watch so much television, and even if they didn't they would still be exposed, I attribute much of it to television (media). It's very sad. It sure makes our job a lot harder, as parents. But also in a good way, as we are forced to become even more involved with our children and teach morality, integrity and self-worth, above all.
• United States
12 Dec 08
My friend was just kind of bothered by a 7 year old asking for a bra..... I mean it would have been a little different if she would have needed it..... But she's flat chested..... the sad part is there are young girls in her class already wearing bras and there are girls at her school a tad older that are already developing.... My friend tries to be as open and honest with her as she can about everything, but there is just some things a 7 year old don't need to see, do , or know about just yet. she won't get her the bra, but she bought her an undershirt, hoping that will satisfy her and be a happy medium for them.