Truth in Advertising
If you get nothing else out of this week’s blog, hear this:
You are beautiful.
You are perfect just the way you are.
Stay true to yourself.
This week we’re talking about advertising. Why? Because most people see 5000 ads each day! Not all of them are obvious. Media is getting really sneaky. While there are TV commercials, billboards, and ads in magazines, there are also products featured in movies and TV shows that are put there for the sole purpose of getting you to buy them (e.g., the clothes your favorite TV characters wear). Almost everywhere you look, you are being exposed to some sort of media message – even if you’re not aware of it.
Not all media is bad. We need our cell phones to call our parents and our computers to do our schoolwork. But we also need to realize that some of what we see isn’t even real (watch this great clip about the shooting of a magazine cover photo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U). And that can be bad.
So what can you do?
1) Educate yourself about media influence – http://www.pamf.org/teen/life/bodyimage/media.html
2) Think critically about the messages you see: http://classroom.kidshealth.org/9to12/personal/growing/media_literacy_health_handout2.pdf
3) Don’t be afraid to talk to your parents, teachers, or coaches about messages that are confusing to you or seem wrong somehow – even if these messages come from your friends. Remember, only you know what’s best for you. Trust in yourself!
Stayed tuned for next week’s topic: How to Stay Involved in Your Community: The Importance of Volunteering