Protecting girls from being too sexy, too soon

2013-05-20 10:39:06 by Laurie Schueler, Media Relations Specialist, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.

As a media relations specialist at Akron Children’s, I field many types of reporters’ requests. Some are calling about patients involved in car accidents or other traumas, like falling off a trampoline. And some reporters are interested in societal trends, such as childhood obesity or concussions in sports.

Last week, Ray Horner, the morning show host at WAKR 1590 AM, emailed me about finding an expert to discuss the topic “too sexy, too soon.” I was really excited when child psychologist Georgette Constantinou, administrative director of psychology and psychiatry at Akron Children's, agreed to carve out time in her busy schedule to do the interview.

As the mother of two young girls, I have a personal interest in the topic. If there’s a way to protect my kids from these “face value” messages rampant in our society, I am all for it. Honestly, what’s the hurry to grow up so fast?

Georgette didn’t disappoint. She made some excellent points about how parents have to make a stand about all sorts of issues, including helping kids find appropriate dresses in an age when inappropriate is the norm. She also said that we should insist on "friending" our kids on Facebook and monitor their online activities.

As an added bonus, Georgette pointed out a website I will now be visiting quite often: www.girlsinc.org.

Listen to the WAKR interview to hear what Georgette had to say about too sexy, too soon.

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