Quiz 20: Fast Times, Deborah Swaney, Family Circle

Psychology

In today's generation, there is a kind of pressure on young girls to look prettier and hotter than ever. It's at time saddening to see the 7 years old girl trying to behave and dress up like a 16 years old girl. The culprit behind this is the "props" that are being sold to these young girls to look older than her age. A report prepared by NDP group shows that, girl between age 8 to 12 years old spend $500 million a year on the all kinds of beauty products, specially those endorsed by their idols. The young girls are fascinated by these pretty barbie dolls that mould the minds of these young girls to spend a lot of time and energy in looking pretty. In markets are available the swimsuits for eight years girls with padded chests and skimpy underwear. There are assortment of flirty bras and panties that can fit a second graders. There are body-glitters tubes. These "props" make the young girls look older than her age. When we talk about 7 going on 16 phenomena, the parents are equally responsible apart from those who are directly or indirectly involved in such act.

In today's generation, there is a kind of pressure on young girls to look prettier and hotter than ever. It's at time saddening to see the 7 years old girl trying to behave and dress up like a 16 years old girl. When we talk about 7 going on 16 phenomena, the parents are equally responsible apart from those who are directly or indirectly involved in such act. A report prepared by NDP group shows that, girl between age 8 to 12 years old spend $500 million a year on the all kinds of beauty products, specially those endorsed by their idols. The young girls are fascinated by these pretty barbie dolls that mould the minds of these young girls to spend a lot of time and energy in looking pretty. Its very important that a young girl must behave according to her age. We can as parents and society can help them achieve such behaviour. If we keep giving 7-year-old girls to play with barbie, which always conveys a message to be pretty and hot and spend time and energy in looking pretty. The girls start living in the barbie's word where they learn that princess should look beautiful and seductive. If the smaller girls play like this, they will focus more on looks, and they will not spend time in the activities which they should spend at her age like physical games and open-ended activities. This will lead to an early sexualisation. Therefore, to preserve the innocence and normal growth its very important that 7 year olds should act and look their own age.

Its very important that children behave according to their age. We as parents and society can help children enjoy their childhood while they have it. The ways we can help children enjoy their childhood when they have it could be: 1. Encourage them to spend time in the activities which they should spend at their age like physical games and open-ended activities. 2. The time of kids watching television, must be controlled. This will help kids not to indulge in shows meant for adults. 3. The web choices of kids must be monitored. Any link which might be connected to television shows or games might not always be healthy for kids. 4. The children must be let to enjoy sports. 5. The young girls must be encouraged to dress up according to age, so that the innocence can be preserved. 6. The friends of same age that of kids can be invited at home. They can indulge in activities that are not school based. Therefore, to preserve the innocence and normal growth its very important that children must enjoy the childhood and does not regret later.

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