Feedback from TappMD Expert
Deborah Gilboa, MD Me
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I am throwing down a challenge. In the next week, every time you see a child you don’t know? Find a compliment that has nothing to do with what she’s wearing or how he looks. Don’t compliment curly hair, or sparkly shoes, or a cool shirt.
Why? Why am I taking away your opportunity for a quick and heart-warming conversation with the child in the grocery cart in front of yours? I hope I’m not.
Children and teens hear conflicting messages. Parents and teachers say “Love yourself the way you are!” Every magazine, commercial, fashion spread, billboard screams, “Be hot, and sexy, and everything will go your way!” WQED TV is tackling this struggle in the second episode of iQ: SmartParent “Girls Growing Up With Media.”
I was honored to interview three amazing women, and a whole host of fascinating and savvy teens and their parents during our taping. M. Gigi Durham, PhD, is the author of the best-selling book The Lolita Effect: The Media’s Sexualization of Girls and What We Can Do About It. Rebecca Gaynier is the founder of iTwixie.com, a moderated social media site strictly for girls, ages 8-14. Jennifer Stancil is the Executive Director of Educational Partnerships at WQED Multimedia, and has spent most of her career innovating how kids see the world around them and their potential within it.
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