Sometimes I have difficulty identifying pronouns. What do all the 'they' and 'them' refer to? Do they all refer to children?
Children’s limited life experience and their level of intellectual development mean that the messages they receive about appearance are very powerful. Children often do not have the understanding or confidence to disregard the constant media pressure they receive to achieve a particular look. Parents can encourage their children, through their own example, to notice the relentless media pressure to look a certain way. The adults can begin discussions at home, whilst watching television with their children or looking through magazines, about the images they see all around them and the messages these convey about physical attractiveness. They need to foster a questioning, challenging approach to society’s rigid ideals of thinness and beauty. Through example, they can show children how to question and criticize the media images that are presented. This will moderate the effect of media pressure and help their children to become more critically aware of the messages they receive.