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Experts Say Hannah Montana and Friends Make Girls Mean

Kids today, as the lament goes. The age of the mean girl is getting younger, an article in The New York Times reports. The dreaded middle school cliques are extending down to the kindergarten crew. The article examines the nasty things bullied girls have dealt with in elementary school, from the creation of exclusive clubs to being forced to go down a slide filled with mud.

The supposed increase of mean little girls could be the result of various factors from parents being more aware of their child's emotions to early-onset puberty, but many experts agree that outside media influence is a major factor. So what makes a mean girl? Find out when you


According to the report, girls who look up to more "socially aggressive" pop culture figures, like Hannah Montana, tend to bully the girls who don't act like the It girl. And while being trendy has always played a factor in schoolyard teasing, today's culture of celebrating materialism and looks has led to increased pressure for girls to be decked out in all the right brands and to dress older than their age. Mothers of the mean girls don't seem to think it's a problem, and instead believe that their daughters' perceived popularity is a good thing.

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MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
I'm not going to let my kids watch crap like this, just like we weren't allowed to watch crap like that. Not watching something is on the low rung of things to get teased about, so i'm not that worried about it. Clothes will be an issue like they've always been an issue. I'm not going to have any skanky preteens and that will be a struggle. I'm not looking forward to this, and I worry about school constantly. Ugh. 2 more years.
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
I just babysat a little girl a couple weeks ago who loves loves loves Hannah Montana and she was repeating lines from the TV show the whole night. (I know from other kids I sit and my tween sister watches the show.) The most disturbing part was that she wasn't repeating cute lines, or even funny ones, she was repeating nasty ones. She insisted on acting out a game of volleyball but proceeded to yell, "Why are you even allowed to be on this team?" and "I'll make you wish you were never born!" Granted, it wasn't anything too awful, but there's a part of me that thinks little girls should be a bit more...pleasant. Even during pretend. When I was my charge's age, my mom would change the channel if she heard characters being overly mean to each other.
Daniela-Oliveira Daniela-Oliveira 6 years
who loves make the difference!!! Think about it... Dani 13/10/2010
Daniela-Oliveira Daniela-Oliveira 6 years
Ho loves make the difference!!! Think about it... Dani 13/10/2010
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
My middle daughter was in (what we thought was) a great private school. But in kindergarten the teasing started. Sometimes she was the victim, sometimes she witnessed it. Younger daughter: same school. Oblivious to the snarky comments. Her confidence (born with it). allows her to dismiss ugly comments and assume the best at all times. They are all different and just have their little ways...
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
As the mom of a 3-year-old girl, this article has me shaking in my secondhand boots. We're not rich by any means. I can think of quite a few things that my daughter could get teased for; she's an adorable and kind little girl, but she won't be decked out in high-end brand names or have cable or spend much time on the internet. I was bullied, both by mean girls and by *really* mean boys, from elementary school all the way through high school. I don't want my daughter to endure the same things. At the same time, though, I don't want her to become an aggressor, and I don't want to have a child who lives beyond my means so she can be safe at school. The scariest part of this is that I have no idea how I'm going to handle it.
Carri Carri 6 years
My niece's mom noticed this very thing with Taylor. They stopped allowing her to watch the show, mostly because she was picking up the "attitude" that Hannah portrays. I thought it was silly until another friend of mine told me the same thing.
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