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How the Media Has Contributed to the Various Ways That the Youth Are Using to Change Their Body Image These Days?


A negative effect of media on a teenage body image is already notorious. Decades ago, people were already exposed to refined and supernaturally beautiful images. They saw them on billboards, in magazines, and on TV. Today beauty images invaded social media, and teenagers are staring at “perfect” people for hours. For the last 20 years, eating disorders skyrocketed among young people. Everyone wants to be perfect, especially today when everything private shall better become public.
TV shows and beauty pageants set the standards of beauty that are rather unattainable for an average American. After obesity became the epidemics, it got harder to be slim. Overweight teenagers have little options to make themselves beautiful. They either stop eating or purge trying to get rid of calories. Consequently, teenage years are wasted in search of a perfect body, experienced therapist, and effective treatment of major depression.
A new concept of sexuality has evolved rapidly over the last decades. The fewer clothes the model has on, the more beautiful she is considered. Sexual manifestations make an eye-catching advertising campaign, but manifesting one’s sexuality in the real life sometimes looks shocking. Teens (and their parents) have forgotten about other ways of showing their sexuality than walking half-naked. A cult of a perfect body has overthrown any other appeals we show through mimics, voice, body language, etc. People suddenly forgot that they can remain beautiful without looking flawless.
Young people love to be liked, and there is nothing wrong with it. But an extensive promotion of perfect bodies makes it impossible for many to ignore their little flaws. Changing one’s body is a complex and long process. It remains for us only to help teens look out for more than retouched pictures on the web.

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How Do the Media Personalities Influence the Behavior of Children in the Society?


Celebrities strongly influence children and adults who watch TV shows and read posts online. Very often, we cannot tell ourselves why the person in the magazine has so much impact on us. Celebrity role models convey the message that we easily get. Slim people are the most attractive or huge ego can help you get to the top, they say smiling from retouched classy pictures. Positive or negative, celebrity role models are a part of our society, and we cannot switch them off. Instead, we can revise our attitude to front-page personalities and teach children to perceive them adequately.
As a tool for advertising, famous people often express thoughts they do not share or try unrealistic roles on. Watching a movie star introducing a new hair beauty line, we believe for a second that she used those products herself and found them worthy and effective. To let our children have an unbiased look at celebrities in marketing, we have to explain to them what advertising is and why famous people look so beautiful all the time. Perhaps, it would be useful for us all, youngsters and adults, to draw the line between marketing and lifestyle. Many celebrities post their daily routine photos on social media so that we can find out that famous people are not very different from ourselves in the real life.
Today we talk a lot about the negative impact of new media and everything it contains but the actual problem is that we have not yet learned to consume this media content. Marketing campaigns involving celebrities are advanced, and art directors make sure that the customer response is immense. It is their job. And our job as parents is to help children differentiate between real-life and staged pictures in their favorite shows.

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How Can Limiting Internet Access to Young People Influence Their Lives?


Most parents agree that it is essential to limit screen time for their children so that they do not neglect their offline communication, education, and family duties. Uncontrollable use of social media may bring emotional devastation, aggressive behavior, and inability to cope with routine tasks. Supervising child’s use of the internet will improve their time management, content choices, and make children more organized in general. Kids shall understand that internet is a tool for education and relaxation but not for wasting time.
Often children are very reactive to parents limiting their online interactions. Bans and limits can end up in a rebellion. In any case, children will consider their natural rights for online interaction neglected, and the situation will make no good for parents. To escape side effects of screen time limits, parents need to carefully introduce children to online resources.
The best way to limit internet access for a child is to stress on your parental expectations. Do not let your child hope that they can play games and surf social networks all days through. Set some prior tasks for the child to complete and express how much time you wish the child would spend online. Do not let the child prioritize their devices but help them to get interested in off-screen activities like clubs or meetings. The child will certainly overuse their online presence if they are bored off the screen.
The problem of many parents is that they start limiting screen time for their kids too late. When children already got used to spending days or nights on the web, you cannot change their habits without facing consequences for the flawed parenting. That is why parents shall always think about how much of anything they allow kids and what consequences it may have.