Posting racy pics online isn't just for celebrities (unfortunately).
After seeing the recent Miley Cyrus
pics that surfaced online, Moms of tweens and teens everywhere are
wondering if their own daughters will follow in their role model's
footsteps, and how we can move heaven and earth to prevent this from
happening? Keep Reading for our expert's advice...
Dr. Lisa Boesky, author of When to Worry: How to Tell if Your Teen Needs Help--and What to Do About It, says:
"When girls hit their teen years, they want attention from boys first and foremost," she says. "That's their number-one goal. And let's face it: Being smart or having a good personality does not get attention like sexy photos do."
And if your daughter suffers from low self-esteem or has a poor (or nonexistent) relationship with her father, Dr. Lisa says she's at even greater risk.
So what's a Mom to do?
Dr. Lisa says it's simple: Ask your daughter to show you her MySpace page.
"If you a see a picture that is questionable, fight the urge to just tell her to take it down," she says. "Instead, ask her, 'What made you decide to put up that picture?' and 'What is it you're trying to tell people with that picture?'
Maybe she feels she's competing with other sexy girls at school, and wants to be seen as sexy, too. That's really the issue--once you deal with that, their need to post photos like this should go down."
We spent a few hours online this morning checking out our teens' friends' MySpace pages. Here are just a few of the questionable images we found.
Click on an image to view the Teen MySpace Questionable Photos Gallery|
Do you monitor your kid's MySpace page?