What do celebrities mean to kids?
Ok, I understand teenagers may look to them for fashion etc. But, I've come across parents who seem to blame celebrities for being 'bad role models', if their children start smoking/drinking or even being rude. But, since when were celebrities meant to set standards for the way children act? Surely the biggest role models in a child's life, up to a certain age, is it's parents? That's just my opinion, though. I would like to hear what others think, if anything?
Fair enough celebrities are in the spotlight, but they are humans just like me and you and shouldnt be pressured into being what they are not.
- By the time our kids are in middle school, they start to look to their peers for a sense of what’s socially acceptable or desirable.
- Kids choose public personas as role models, but there are no guarantees that a star will stick to a lifestyle that kids can look up to -- or that parents will approve of
- Kids have always looked to celebrities as role models. Now that kids are immersed in the 24/7 media world at younger and younger ages, these role models play an even bigger role. Everywhere kids turn, they see images and hear reports about their idols. And now that social sites like Twitter,Facebook, and YouTube allow celebrities a no-holds-barred way to communicate directly with their fans. Kids are often left alone to make sense of it all -- or they turn to their peers to figure out what’s happening. The results aren’t pretty
Talk to me guys....