Over the years, news stories have come and gone on the topic of celebrities behaving badly and the let down to our children. The community cries foul, mothers hide their children and lash out against these celebrities in blogs and any form of media available about what a bad example is being set for their children.
A role model should be someone who is actively involved in a child’s life and who has a constant presence in that child’s everyday life. Role models should be people who know our children, spend time with them within their real life and not through a scripted character.
It seems to me that most parents seem to forget a vital piece of information when citing a celebrity as a role model and holding a celebrity responsible for showing their children a good example. That very vital piece of information is this, a singer, an actress/actor or a sports figure is doing a job. When it comes to actors and actresses, their words are not even their own. The person we see on television is a character and not a real person. These people should not be touted as role models and presented to our children as such. A very good example of this is Miley Cyrus. I see a new article on this child everyday with disturbing titles like “Every Parents’ Worst Nightmare”. First problem with this is that she’s still a child. As any other child, she is entitled to make mistakes as we did as children and as our own children do. After all, how irresponsible is it to hold a child responsible to be an effective role model to another child. I have children of my own who love watching Miley Cyrus on Disney. I allow them to do so. What I do not allow is for my children to watch TMZ to find out about Miley’s real life drama or to watch her perform half naked on MTV or pick up the latest magazine covering her love life. There are many children an well as adult celebrities who I’m sure are capable of being an effective role model, but however the best example we can show our children is our own.
We as parents control what types of media our children are exposed to. ‘We’ dictate what goes on in our home. Our children watch us as living breathing present examples everyday. So let’s all take responsibility for our own children and hold ourselves responsible to be their role models and not someone who is paid to “act” like a role model.
Andrew Perry, “Miley Cyrus’s New Video Makes Her ‘Every Parents’ Worst Nightmare” busybuzzblogging.com