Disney has been responsible for so many of our beloved stars of today. We had such celebrities as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, to name a few. Nickelodeon stars such as Nick Cannon, Amanda Bynes and Keenan Thompson have risen to adulthood fame and infamy.
Take Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus for example. Both had shows on Disney and both became pop sensations and are now the idols of our children who have been watching them for years. As they have evolved into adults, so has their music and actions. Some more tasteful than others, I might add.
Lately, many of these child stars who many of us have grown up with have given way to a new generation of child stars for our children to look up to, and I must say, that although a lot of their behavior as they grow up into their adulthood is appalling, I’m not surprised. Child stars are probably so wrapped up in their careers and creating this name- this brand – for themselves they don’t get to experience childhood as it should be. Therefore, they get old enough to start doing things on their own, without their parents really holding their hand, they tend to let loose and throw their inhibitions to the wind.
Parents are absolutely appalled with Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. They have shown nothing but rebellion and abhorrent behavior. So what? Are we really going to blame these two public figures, child stars, on tainting our children and their view on the world? Of course not, because we are the ones raising our children. We are the ones who are responsible for curbing what our children are exposed to. I will not keep my daughters from listening to Justin Bieber so long as his lyrics remain censored enough for the girls. Miley on the other hand “danced with Molly” and was “waiting for a line in the bathroom” which leads me to believe she is no longer safe for the children to listen to.
See, I can keep my children from being exposed to more than they need. So parents blaming these teen stars and even judging them or criticizing them is beyond me. Sure, I don’t like that they are committing rebellious behavior and they are all over the news for it because they are no longer acting as role models, but I can’t knock them for it. Guess what? They are getting to that age where they want to find themselves. They smoked some weed? Big deal. They didn’t pay the bill? Whatever. Got caught driving drunk? Not good, but not my problem. You know why it’s not my problem? Because it does not directly affect me. I keep my children in the dark about this kind of stuff. I let them have their idols (because I’m not the coolest person ever, haha) so that they have
something someone, because today, if we really go by the way society believes things should be, they’d have NO ONE. Do you really feel things are getting better out there? I sure don’t.
The world is filled with questionable characters and really it is not their job to watch how they act because of our kids. We should be the ones watching out for what our kids see so that they don’t believe this is normal. We cannot control what others do, so while our kids may be exposed to it, we really shouldn’t have much to say about it. If by chance our children find out that Justin Bieber decided to spit into a bucket while being high on marijuana, well, at least he didn’t spit on the floor. But really who is letting their kids watch TMZ anyway, because that’s the only way they could possibly find out?
Look, you all can be mad at Miley for acting in a way that will gain her infamy because really she has to be doing it for the ratings, she is doing it to get with the times. Sure I do not like it, and yes it is a horrible example to all the little girls who watched her be cute and cuddly Hannah Montana. But as much as we hate it, you want to know what? Her music and fame is still selling! What does that tell you about society?
We teach our kids what they need to know at home. We raise our children, not teen idols from TV. Stop being lazy and raise them right at home, instead of having them idolize children who will eventually go a little bit crazy, experiment with tasteless and classless behaviors. The times will change and your children will at some point want to try new things and our jobs are not to keep them from living, but teaching them well enough to make better choices when they do.
Let’s not be so hard on these child stars. Let them have their moment to fall and pick themselves back up. Or we can use these moments to teach our children about the consequences of their actions and how although it may seem small when it is done, it may haunt them for a long time. It really only becomes our business when our children say, “Well, Miley did it.” because that is when we need to explain somehow their behavior is inexcusable and not the example they should be following.
Truly, it all starts at home, with the TV off, with you. Who better to teach the kids how you want them to be other than you? Let’s stop judging and being mad at these stars for what they are doing with their lives because as long as we control our own children and keep them from following in those footsteps, we shouldn’t have to really worry about what effect these stars are having on our kids.
Think about it.