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Teenagers 101 by Rebecca Deurlein

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CHAPTER 10

Making Sure Teens Know That the Way They Look and Sound Matters

It would be nearly impossible to overemphasize the impact of the media on teens’ behavior and perceptions of reality. That reality includes dress, language, and the way kids choose to present themselves to others. For years now, we have watched boys’ pants dip lower and grow baggier and girls’ skirts and shorts rise higher and become tighter because that’s how young men and women dress on TV and in movies. Children take their cues from what they are most surrounded by, and unfortunately, that’s TV, movies, and music. Consider the slew of studies that have focused on teen body image and the overwhelming evidence that suggests unobtainable ideals stem from celebrities. Adolescents ...

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