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Over the years the impact of pop culture on teens has intensified. This refers to the clothes, music, literature, dance and other social norms that are popular at a particular point in time. There is no doubt that teens in their quest to belong will adapt to what is trendy among their peers. Often this creates an environment where peer pressure becomes evident.
Is Pop Culture Good or Bad?
There are different schools of thought on this issue, but with pop culture and teens it is not black and white. There is no denying that some of the songs and video games, and the lifestyle of celebrities can influence the behavior of teens. But this alone cannot be blamed for the antisocial behavior some of them display.
The impact of pop culture depends on kids knowing right from wrong. They can differentiate between what is morally right and acceptable and what is not. Even teens who have been exposed to some of the worst that pop culture has to offer do not display negative behavior. They learn from early on to filter the messages they receive through TV, music and magazines.
Controlling the Influence of Pop Culture
Parents can help minimize the negative impact of pop culture by encouraging them and teaching good values. Young teens and children should not be allowed to buy videogames or other material that are rated for adults based on content.
The role models that teens have will greatly influence how they process and react to peer pressure and certain elements of pop culture. The best role models, even if adults sometimes do not think about it, are parents.