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How to Connect with Your iTeen by Linda Perlman Gordon, Susan Morris Shaffer

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Media Takes on Teen Culture

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.

—Jim Morrison

As boys and girls move from childhood into adolescence, they begin to redefine themselves. This evolution is a complex process that includes creating a new self-image, adjusting to and developing an ethical and moral code, coping with sexuality, understanding gender expectations, and preparing for future lives as men, women, and workers. While girls and boys are exposed to multiple cultural influences during this process of change, the media now have unprecedented influence on their development. In fact, according to NBC News, American teenagers spend 31 hours ...

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