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role models for kids ? - November 28th 2010, 11:58 PM

i noticed a few post in the past and a couple currently about what movie stars,music artist,cheerleaders , shouldnt do cause there setting bad examples for kids...

what i really dont understand is wth does it matter what they do with there life there in movies,singing,dancing,etc cause they enjoy it and there for the money not to teach your kids what being a proper human being is... thats the parents job not theres. i mean i grew up watching chuck norris ,arnold swarzenager, sylvester stallone,jean claud van dam, and im perfectly fine..

some people need to stop setting there kids infront of the tv and expect the teenpop and movies stars to raise there kids. i remember when jamie lynn spears got pregnant my aunt raised a hell storm cause her daugters thought it was so cool for a teenstar to be pregnant and how they wanted there own...

this is just my opinion and i know alot of you might dissagree but really its getting sickening how everyone blames the stars for what they do in there free time
   
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Re: role models for kids ? - November 29th 2010, 12:24 AM

To be honest, I don't ever remember being influenced in any way by any famous people when I was a kid, so I don't get it either really.
   
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Re: role models for kids ? - November 29th 2010, 01:17 AM

I personally was never influenced by those kinds of people, but I know people who have been.
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Re: role models for kids ? - November 29th 2010, 02:14 AM

I agree. In my opinion, kids should see their parents as the most positive role models in their life right up until they start deciding who they are as people. Then it's the parents' job to steer them in the right direction. TV stars and movie stars should barely factor into that. If kids are taking what these celebrities do to heart, there's something wrong at home.
   
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Re: role models for kids ? - November 29th 2010, 02:44 AM

I always wanted to be like my mom/dad when I grew up. I don't really remember wanting to be like anyone in the TV.


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Re: role models for kids ? - November 29th 2010, 02:50 AM

I agree with all of you, but for arguments sake it's not realistic. Kids SHOULD look up to their parents as their role models, but alot don't. It's only normal that celebrities will make mistakes, but they need to realize that others are looking up to them (for what ever reason) and act somewhat responsible and mature.


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Re: role models for kids ? - November 29th 2010, 05:56 AM

I never wanted to be like a celebrity! I often thought "i wish I was as pretty as her" lol but I always looked up to my mum and took after her!
   
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Re: role models for kids ? - November 29th 2010, 08:10 AM

I only think that people that are on childrens programs or make music for children should try to set a good example. A lot of younger kids are impressionable. I don't really care about anyone else being a role model though.
   
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Re: role models for kids ? - November 29th 2010, 07:24 PM

I think James Bond was a great role model even though it is a cross-gender role model. It encouraged me to remain active and to learn about electronics.
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Re: role models for kids ? - November 29th 2010, 08:44 PM

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I think James Bond was a great role model even though it is a cross-gender role model. It encouraged me to remain active and to learn about electronics.
a good example........ im not against completelly having your kids have a star role model but choose someone who not still in there teens cause we have all done wild things at that age and its wrong to expect teenstars not to do things just cause they might be someones role models...
   
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Re: role models for kids ? - November 29th 2010, 08:51 PM

I think that the problem is more that celebrities should remember that they are going to be viewed as rolemodels. Over in Asia, there's the 'idol industry' where as part of their contracts, singers and actors have to make sure that they behave as good rolemodels, which I really admire. I personally wouldn't look up to any celebrities that I see on tv as rolemodels, and I wouldn't want my children to either, but I personally really admire the idol Yoshizawa Hitomi, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that; her job is to be a good rolemodel to teenagers such as myself.


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Re: role models for kids ? - November 30th 2010, 03:08 AM

I agree. I admit to being highly influenced by Avril Lavigne as a child (the "old" Avril Lavigne) and I wanted to wear things like spiked bracelets, baggy jeans, and ties on a regular basis. I never did, though, because my mom sat me down and told me that I did not have to dress that way just because Avril Lavigne did. Looking back, I'm glad she didn't give into such a phase. I'm sure it wouldn't have gone over well in private school. So yes, it is ultimately the responsibility of the parents to raise their children appropriately. Let's face it, some people (including celebrities) are simply not responsible, and some stars do maintain an image of being wild and crazy. Realistically, it's about entertainment and profit (what the people want to see) in most cases, not about being a good role model. If you don't agree with it, don't let your kids watch it.
   
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Re: role models for kids ? - November 30th 2010, 05:19 AM

It's up to the parents to set a good example really, not the actors and such like. I remember watching gymnastics when I was little, and that's who I wanted to be when I grew up, but that just wasn't possible. Otherwise, I wasn't really influenced by the media, granted I mainly, and still do, watched cartoons, but I rather have my children want to be themselves than someone else.


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Re: role models for kids ? - November 30th 2010, 06:41 AM

Other than parents, teachers, family and I suppose friends, the only other group of people who should set a good example for kids are people involved in making child programs. If a celebrity is not in either of those groups, they are not obligated to set a good example for kids as they're leading their own life. The lives of others are not and should not revolve around setting good examples for someone else's kid. If a parent is going to blame a person on TV (other than in a child's program) for setting a bad example, I think the parent is just making an excuse so the blame won't fall on them. If a parent would be so pig-headed so as to blame a person face-to-face whose not a celebrity for influencing their child, I'd say the same thing, the parent is making excuses for why the blame isn't on them.

If I were blamed, I would tell the parent they're not setting a good example either by blaming others to compensate for their short-comings and laziness as a parent, then applaud them when they get angry at that response.

Although parents cannot monitor the child 24/7, they can have a major influence and can do their duties, such as help steer the child away from things deemed harmful.


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