Saving the World One Teen at a Time - Column on Parenting Tweens and Teens

Is There A Camera Crew In Your Child’s Future?

by Kristy Campbell

 

While at the gym yesterday, one of the Pussycat Dolls’ songs came on my iPod. My teenage daughter keeps me hip by adding songs I normally wouldn’t choose, and as I listened to “When I Grow Up”, I realized how becoming famous is replacing so many other goals for kids.

 

When I grow up

I wanna be famous

I wanna be a star

I wanna be in movies

When I grow up

I wanna see the world

Drive nice cars

I wanna have groupies

 

I recently attended an empowerment think tank meeting led by Jess Weiner. I am a part of her Actionist Network™ and Jess’ mission is clear… “to create a nation of confident women and girls”. Our purpose was to brainstorm and to construct strategies for companies and media to help support messages of self-esteem to young girls. As we discussed issues that are prevalent in our culture as well as the body image messages that are being reinforced to our young girls, a statistic popped up from Jess’ Power Point presentation. I'm completely misquoting her research in that I can't remember if it was a study of 10 or 10,000 tween girls (8-12 years old), but the resulting information was clear. When the girls were asked what the top three career choices are for them, they unequivocally answered:

 

1. Singer

 

2. Actress

 

3. Famous

msheryle
08.04.10

Thanks for this article! My teenage granddaughter, 15, says she wants to be famous when she grows up and I have been without words to respond. Your article has given me direction for that discussion.