‘Your not going out dressed like that’ is commonly used phrase from the parenting guidebook, with the vast majority of mums and dads sure to have been met with an angry faced teen on at least one occasion after telling them to change.
However, as children take increasing inspiration from the celebrities, hemlines are continuing to get higher and necklines are continuing to get lower – so what can be done to tackle the intensifying sexulisation of children at an early age?
Whether they picture a famous celebrity engaged in illegal activity or a female role model wearing raunchy outfits – music videos are currently not subject to the same rules and regulations when it comes to feature length films and age ratings.
However, Prime Minster David Cameron has revealed that he intends to stamp 18 certificates across raunchy music videos and explicit images in a bid to protect young children.
As it stands, parents have very little control over what their children are watching throughout the day, with many music videos from the likes of Rhianna, Lady GaGa and Katy Perry featuring scantily clad females engaging in raunchy activity or performing questionable dance moves before the watershed.
Behavioural expert Dr Pam Spur has said that adolescence is a time when young people can be extremely influenced by popular culture, so we have a duty to protect them from this negative way of behaving.
Often, low self-confidence and self-worth in young children and teenagers means that they really feel the pressure to look and act a certain way. If you are concerned that your teenager may be suffering from low self-esteem or low self-confidence, life coaching could help them to find positive ways of moving forward. Please visit our fact-sheets to find out more, or alternatively visit the homepage and use the search tool to locate a qualified life coach in your local area.
The original article ‘Kinky Katy Perry is no role model for our little girls’ was originally published in the 10/04/12 issue of The Sun.