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Study Roundup: Is TV Making Our Kids “Mean Girls”?

The Gist We've all heard the adage: “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But is it true? Over the years, considerable attention has been paid to combating the “sticks and stones”—namely, nose-bloodying scho… …read more

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The Mean Girl Complex has been around for some time especially in middle school and junior high. Girls may not always be subject to bullying by physical means but being hurt through sticks and stones is not the only form of bullying that exists today. How many young, school-aged girls have been reported to be victimized by bullying by the school’s most popular girls? Clearly, it’s an issue that needs to be addressed pronto. Television on the other hand may or may not influence a child’s way of thinking. Responsible parenting does not only involve nurturing a child and raising her well into adulthood. Guidance on the things that she does without sounding like you’re meddling too much in her personal affairs is very important. As a parent, it is your responsibility to provide parental guidance even on your child’s choice of television shows. You should know that not everything that’s being aired on your daughter’s favorite channel is wholesome because there are shows that can influence her in a more unpleasant way. Aside from TV, don’t forego talking to your child. It will always feel like a hug to her because she knows that she can always count on you.

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