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Do You Think Teen Shows Set a Bad Example For Young Girls?

It's no secret that we're huge fans of teen shows like Gossip Girl, The Hills, and 90120, but now that our guilty pleasures are back we can't help but question some of the examples set by the characters. America Ferrera even told Seventeen magazine that she thinks these three shows in particular are encouraging girls to be mean to each other. What do you think — do teen shows set a bad example for young girls?

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oxgalgym oxgalgym 8 years
well younger kids shouldnt be watching it unless their parents say it is okay
Andreinac13 Andreinac13 9 years
yes it does, because some girls believe everything they see on tv. Some of them doesn't have the trust to talk to her parents about what they see on tv...
CinnaBlaze CinnaBlaze 9 years
I said Maybe but wanted to comment because the reason maybe gives isn't the only reason.....yes, parents should parent, first and foremost! Those shows are very risque, make it seem like you must be rich to be someone, show way too many fights, enemies and for stupid reasons as well, promote a bad body image (girls don't have to be that thin!) and promote teen sex. I also think that they have a right to be on the air as age appropriate people like to watch, including me - here is where the parents come in! Don't let your kids watch shows you don't want them to! I too grew up on the Family Ties, Cosby, Mr. Belvedere (sp), Growing Pains, Family Matters.....these shows were much less risque and when they dealt with adult content or serious matters they did it in a very positive way to TEACH about the subject, not exploit it. I admit I love watching some of these shows as my guilty pleasures but I would never let my kids watch them until I felt they were old enough!
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 9 years
Yea- there are not exactly good role models- but it stems from the parents, even on the show. That should clearly be echoed in real life.
Tabloid Tabloid 9 years
I enjoy watching GG but it's such a bad example for teens/kids. These kind of show are one of the reason why the new generation are bad and I mean it. They need more educated show instead of these.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 9 years
I think only the 'Reality' shows do.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I saw a four-year-old doing a four-year-old's version of a sexy dance to Kelis's "Milkshake" once. That really bothered me.
katykat katykat 9 years
I have an eight year old cousin, and when her 19-year old sister watches shows like gossip girl, the 8-year-old is glued to the screen. That's bad enough, but watching her try to emulate those girls on TV makes me sad. True, she's only eight, but as far as I can tell, she doesn't have a thought in her head other than attracting boys and looking good.
GossipAngela GossipAngela 9 years
At least Gossip Girl is kinda deep with the Serena redemption and Blair's insecurities. 90210 is just a piece of commercial, stupid crap; I wouldnt be watching it if it wasnt for Brenda and Kelly. The Hills is fake FAKE FAKE, who cares; but parents should be wrning kids from The Hills since it is advertised as real and young girls might actually follow Lauren Conrad's footsteps.
sourcherry sourcherry 9 years
I completely agree with jkat, peers are much more influential than TV shows. Most girls are very conscious of their bodies because of the tall, skinny girls in their class who are considered popular. They feel bad about their clothes because others show up at school in fancier outfits, etc... Same goes for drinking and taking drugs... I never saw anyone go "I saw a guy on TV get wasted, I'm gonna try that today!". No, they're pressured to try it by people they actually know. I'm not saying that TV doesn't influence kids at all, but we can't isolate them from all bad examples. What I think parents should do is work on developing their kids' sense of criticism. What is key is not forbidding certain shows, is encouraging children to have a mind of their own.
scottdavis0676 scottdavis0676 9 years
I agree some of the content is too racy for the intended audience. The settings and the situations are pretty unrealistic, at least where I came from. These shows do not mirror reality for the average teenager IMO. I just view them as low-brow entertainment. Obviously their not thought-provoking, but that's part of the allure.
liontigersandkat liontigersandkat 9 years
I am a teenager, and though I can't say much for the other two, Gossip Girl is one of my favourite shows. Though I love the characters on the show, they aren't exactly role models. But the show isn't put on TV as moral guidelines for how teenagers should act, it's strictly for entertainment. I would never do any of the things the characters on the shows do, but it still is an entertaining show, with talented actors and a great story line.
MagSugar MagSugar 9 years
Yes it's the parents' responsibility to monitor TV viewing, but at the same time, it's difficult to watch anything fun on TV with your kids past 7pm that doesn't allude to sex...and that's the bummer. It's getting harder to find options that are just plain ol' entertaining. Yes I watched everything too as a kid, and turned out fine...BUT..."everything" didn't include shows like Gossip Girl. It does glamorize it...I'm around high school girls every day...and many of them do wanna be the Gossip Girls.
ElenaEv ElenaEv 9 years
Yeah right! Because being fat and bitter is sooo healthy! Seriously? Ferrera talk about good and bad examples? Being anorexic is definitely not good, but on the other hand being fat, eating junk and not working out is ok? In Ugly Betty I never watched her exercise! And since when Ugly Betty became the high art example of morality and righteousness?
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
I grew up with those shows. I see and saw a lot, LOT of TV I am not skinny, I am not shallow. I learned to separate TV from reality. Those TV shows aren't here to show us values. We should show girls values, we should start telling them when do they start looking nice wearing make up, what are the clothes that fits the girls, and where the limits of h00ker and fashion collide. Girls in this time are dying to be and look older! and that has nothing to do with TV.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I am technically biased since I've always hated these type of shallow, vapid drama shows but I have to say yes. Teens are so impressionable, and they tend to mimic what they see in the world. Monkey see, monkey do. It encourages them to only focus on themselves, at a time when they should be starting to sooner realize their greater impact and purpose in life.
Lexie_Kesh Lexie_Kesh 9 years
I used to watch the original 90210 religiously as a teen, and loved Dawnson's Creek, Roswell etc. The only things I got from those shows was the fashion and great music. I could easily differentiate fact from fiction because though fun, those shows/characters were not my reality. My role models were real people, my mom, teachers, my friends who were into art, sports and politics. I think young people who have outside interest don't get caught up in the fake world of the Gossip Girls crowd. Its those, imo, that don't do anything extracurricular who can easily become negatively influenced by those shows.
EDePriest EDePriest 9 years
I teach high school, and you can tell it definitely impacts the girls. They've always wanted to be skinny like the girls in magazines and on TV- now they also feel like they need designer clothes, shoes, and accessories to measure up. When I was in high school (and LOVED 90210), we wanted to impress the boys. These days, the girls are also in competition with one another about who has/wears what. If I showed up to teach in Loubs, the girls would all be jealous, and the boys would just think it was weird that my soles were red, because they're clueless. I dislike the competition between girls that shows like this promote, so I can see where America is coming from.
bitterliberation bitterliberation 9 years
im a teenage girl myself. so i said yes. i definitely do tend to compare myself to them like why isnt my life as glamorous as theirs etc. but i still love the show!!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
everything, not everyone*
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I also have to agree with others that said you shouldn't be so restrictive of your child's behavior, because it will not help. Parents should communicate with their kids about the difference between reality and entertainment, but if they try to block them from watching everyone, they will find another way to watch it and will probably be misinformed. My mom never let us watch PG-13 movies until we were 13, because it was too "innappropriate" for us. But if we wanted to a movie really badly, we found a way around it. My sister rebelled by telling my aunt that our mom said that it was okay for her to watch Titanic, even though she was only 8 or 9 years old at the time. Needless to say, my mom was PISSED. And I don't think most teenagers are as affected as you think. I have watched these type of shows since I was a a teen and it doesn't affect me that much. I never drank until I went to college last year and I still don't do it very often, I have never smoked or done drugs, I have never had sex (by choice), I am fine with my average- looking body most of the time, etc. Only girls who are easily swayed and don't stick to their own morals are affected by these shows and that says more about their character than anything else.
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