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Celebrity appeal: appearances can be deceptive

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In this article, we look at how young people can be influenced by the people they see on their screens every day

Celebrity influence is everywhere. Young people have never had so much access to the private lives of their celebrity idols, with images, videos, opinions and trends constantly posted on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other platforms. As young people develop, and start to learn more about themselves, it's natural for many of them to be influenced by their favourite stars and even start imitating some of their behaviours. But, how can you ensure your child understands that these images can be manipulated and the desire for a celebrity lifestyle isn't necessarily a realistic one. 

Parent tip:  Explain to your child that personal trainers, chefs, expensive hair and beauty regimes, designer clothes and even digital manipulation of images all help transform the celebrities into the polished people we see online.

'We discuss the fact that celebrities have chefs and personal trainers and how far removed that is from our reality,' says mum to 12-year-old Lucy. 'This keeps Lucy grounded about what is achievable.'

Read more about how to help your child sort the reality from the hyper-reality.


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First published: November 2017


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