LeBron. The Kardashians. Taylor. Ryan. Snoop.... The list goes on and on. You - and/or those you love and care about - may place a great deal of emphasis on celebrities, top athletes, and social media stars as role models. But, what are the real dangers of doing so? This article has important cautionary info for parents, and really, for all of us today.
Due to their consistent presence in our lives and the fact that impressionable people such as children tend to take cues from them, celebrities are often thought of as role models. Even if a celebrity denies this status or obligation, it can be hard for their audience not to not hold them up to exaggerated expectations. If you look to celebrities as role models, these are some things to be aware of.
Their Image May Be Manufactured
Celebrities often seem to be utterly poised, to have the most attractive appearance and to make the wittiest observations in interviews. In most cases, however, these aren't qualities they were just born with. Celebrities and their teams strive to create an image of being relatable and likable. This effort shouldn't necessarily be viewed unfavorably, and many celebrities are naturally charismatic, but people ought to use discretion in considering how a celebrity is able to charm the public through practiced communication skills.
Your Idea of Them May Get Destroyed
There have been plenty of celebrities whose reputations have been shattered due to incredibly disturbing revelations about their behavior. Even if something is just hearsay, it can still be quite unsettling. The latest celebrity gossip can range from the strange to personal issues that may bring you down. To better support your self-esteem, you should learn to detach yourself from what celebrities do. It can be difficult to find out someone you admire has done some very bad things, but it's easier when you don't have sky-high expectations of them.
You're Accountable for Your Actions
Regardless of your influences, you must hold yourself accountable for your own actions. If you do something wrong and your only defense is that a celebrity also did it, you'll be making a flawed argument that will not absolve you. You should discuss this with your children since young people often have trouble recognizing that bad behavior isn't okay just because a famous person displays it. If you have this conversation after someone famous is exposed for doing something wrong, the impression will stick with your kids for a long while.
When you place a celebrity on a pedestal, you can forget that they're merely human and that their wealth and fame don't prevent them from making mistakes. Remembering this can help to keep your beliefs and actions in check. While it's fine to admire celebrities for their exceptional qualities, make sure you're not holding them to a standard no one could possibly meet.
Looking for more advice on how to help your children become the best adults they can? Read 5 Ways to Empower Kids to End Bullying next.
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