Celebrities Provide Poor Role Models for Children Essay

1049 Words Dec 25th, 2008 5 Pages
Celebrities provide poor role models for children.

The purpose of this essay is to discuss celebrity role models and their influence positively or negatively on children.
Throughout the world celebrities are role models to many people. Nauta and Kokaly (1999) define role models as “other person’s who, either by exerting some influence or simply by being admirable in one or more ways, have an impact on another”. In these modern times of excessive media coverage and the easy access of the World Wide Web celebrities are never far from our attention. Their lives are closely followed by every tabloid making it almost impossible to avoid some of the most intimate details of their lives. It is therefore not difficult to see how easily these
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As a young star Lindsay was portrayed in the media as a sweet, cute little girl but around the time Mean Girls was in the cinema things started to go downhill for the young actress as she confessed to eating disorders when her weight plummeted, was arrested for drunk driving and drug taking and possession and became well known in the ‘party’ scene. Although she has being slammed in the press for behaviour that is everything you would not want to be young people still view her as being someone to aspire to be as she still appears to be a successful film star. Her bad publicity could demonstrate to young people that reckless acts don’t have repercussions.
Britney Spears is another example of a poor role model. Although as a child she also appeared successful more recently she had a mental breakdown apparently due to a lifestyle of alcohol and drug taking, which led to her losing custody of her children. Currently Britney has shown improvements in her life and career with help from her father and family.
In being fair to celebrities, there are some who appear to be better role models. Angelina Jolie who in the past has had her own share of bad publicity is presently being portrayed as a ‘good’ female celebrity role model. In addition to being known as a famous actress she has become as well known for her work for charities, adopting orphans from other countries and being a good mother who recently posed for a picture breastfeeding

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