Wednesday, September 13, 2006

On Growing Up: Ryann's Perspecitve

An 11-year-old girl named Ryann published a thoughtful essay on the life of a tween over at Empowerment4Women. Check it out!

Ryann contrasts her experiences with her mom's, and though there ARE girls playing football these days (see yesterday's post), I think she's right that today's kids are surrounded by media--TV, internet, iPods, etc.--and more "under the influence" of stars and advertisers. What's the solution? I think kids need to learn about how the media works and how marketers try to influence you, so you can make conscious choices about who you're going to be and why.

What do you think, girls? Does Ryann's essay sound like real life to you? Or do you have a different experience/perspective?

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