Salacious Teen Reading
In the books, it's high school kids doing this stuff; in real life, younger kids are reading it. And while they may not necessarily be emulating these behaviors, research shows that this literature does affect their attitudes. When this kind of behavior is prevalent in books, in celebrity magazines and on the big and small screen, girls begin to think that this is the norm and wonder why they are not behaving like these characters and celebrities.
Our parenting expert this morning, Roni Cohen-Sandler, says this is where the danger lies. But she says there are some things you can do about it as a parent. One thing I learned today: Whatever your daughter is reading, pick it up and take a look at it yourself. You might be shocked, but you also may be able to use that to jumpstart some important discussions.
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Parenting advice from Roni Cohen-Sandler