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Enough Trampy Teen Pics, Already!

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Hello, teens? Are you listening? Stop putting up trashy MySpace pictures--seriously, STOP!


A few more racy pics from Miley Cyrus, plus some shockers from former Seventh Heaven star Mackenzie Rosman ("Ruthie"), are heating up the Web (and sending chills down the spines of moms everywhere). When will it end?

Psychologist Dr. Lisa Boesky says, "The challenge with talking to your kids about these photos is that the celebs seem to get positive reinforcement as a result," she says. "Miley is more popular than ever, Vanessa got a role in High School Musical 3...there are seemingly no consequences. Instead, the 'good' girls just get a bit of an edge to their image, which teens see as a good thing."

If your child is posting racy photos online, Dr. Lisa suggests doing two things:

- Ask her what kind of message she is trying to send with these photos.
If being overtly sexy makes her feel prettier or more beautiful, talk to her about other healthier ways she can achieve that feeling.

- Don't focus on long-term consequences.
Your teen doesn't care what her future employer will think when he or she sees the photos five years in the future. She's only concerned with here and now. So focus instead on how her dad will react. Or the mom of the kid she babysits for. Or her friends. You have to make it relevant to her immediate life for the message to stick.

What do you think of the photos below--innocent teenage hijinks or borderline child porn?

Click on an image to view the "Racy MySpace Pics" Gallery

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6 comments so far | Post a comment now
Ulyssa May 28, 2008, 3:52 PM

While I agree with most of everything you said, I can’t help but think that we (the media etc.) glamorize this behavior.

If teens think there are no bad consequences for this, it’s because they look to OUR entertainment and news and see that adults who do exactly this type of thing usually get rewarded with fame, with a book deal and a segment on 20/20.

So, how can we expect teens to get it when our actions don’t back up our words?

j June 25, 2008, 12:11 AM

I agree, by the way, do you have some more pics of the girl in pink bra? I uh…need to, uh, take it for aiding in a school project. Well actually, and more pics of these girls wil suffice….
This is faptastic!

hoolio February 10, 2009, 11:13 AM

G8GCbC hi! hooli?

airborne February 28, 2009, 10:24 PM

i dont get what the big deal is with you over protective moms there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop what celebrities do no matter how much you bi*** and moan about it nothing changes talking on here doesnt change anything jus worry about your kids im 20 and i already know this and if u try to suffocate ur kids with rules once they realize they can get away with things they will be ten times worse off than they would been if they tried things for themselves trust me i was one of those kids but i got set straight through some unfortunate events

Tawny May 5, 2009, 4:17 PM

Mackenzie Rosman is 20, 19 at the time this article was written. I think she’s old enough to wear whatever she wants when taking a picture. If you want to complain about racy pictures, attack the porn industry, not 19 year-old actresses wearing bras.

maria January 17, 2011, 2:39 AM

get off! i’ll do as i please! :)

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