This messaging teaches girls what it means to be normal or beautiful at a time in their lives when they're looking for role models and guidance on how to present themselves. But when girls compare themselves to their favorite stars, they usually feel that they don't measure up. The results are lower self-confidence and self-esteem, which can lead girls to become obsessed with changing the way they look.
Talking to girls about their bodies is one of the hardest things parents can do -- but the constant bombardment of messages about desirable weight and appearance makes this discussion crucial.
Parents of sons should also pay attention to media messages about appearance. Boys also need to learn about the almost-unattainable ideals of beauty that our media broadcasts to them at every turn so that they don't judge girls unrealistically. —Common Sense Media
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