What’s Needed to be a Good Role Model

 Many people have different views on what makes a good role model. But in order for a celebrity to be a good role model there always has to be the one most important thing and that is positive choice making. Dr. Robyn Silverman say’s that positive choice making is important because, “Little eyes are watching and little ears are listening. When it comes to being a role model, you must be aware that the choices you make don’t only impact you but also the children who regard you as their superhero.” When celebrities are being a role model witch all of them are because they are in the Hollywood spot light they need to be careful of what they are doing because there are always people watching and celebrities need to be more careful then others because the camera is constantly on them. One little mistake and it is all over the news in an hour. Because positive choice making is the most important part of being a role model is why Selena Gomez is such a good example. In my 5 top celebrity role models blog I talked about how she realizes her fans look at every move she makes and is extra cautious because of it.

Making good choices also helps lead kids in the right direction from staying away from drugs, alcohol, ect. So in order for someone to be a good celebrity they have to make good life choices themselves and also encourage the youth to follow in their footsteps.

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 Most of us have seen Jackass and if not at least have heard of it. Jackass is a show of men how do wild stunts and hurt themselves in extreme ways to get a good laugh from their audience. I believe that teens who watch this show are being influenced to do these wild stunts that can cause serious injury or even death if done incorrect. Although in every episode or movie Jackass has produced it has a clear warning at the beginning for views not to reenact what they are about to see that it can cause serious injury or death. Lets be honest here, hearing something like that may make a teen to go out and reenact it even more because rebellion is in our nature. We may not ever want to do something but as soon as someone says not to do well now we want to do it just to be rebellious. These stunts shown on Jackass are a lot more serious so they aren’t preformed by lots of teens just the really rebellious ones. They see it on TV and think it’s so funny and so cool but don’t think what can go wrong.

There are many cases where mostly teenage boys are reenacting these stunts and hurt themselves or their friends. For example, “Michael Smith had been using his SUV to tow friend Cameron Bieberle who was sitting in a shopping trolley at up to 42mph.” this was a pretty cool stunt to watch on the show. I got a great laugh from it. But nobody was laughing when Smith reenacted it and killed his friend. Bieberle’s father told theFlorida newspaper his son had been watching Jackass on television and thinks the show had ‘absolutely something to do with the accident.’

Jackass although funny for entertainment purposes can become very bad in influencing teens and being a root cause of serious injury and even death to many. Jackass is a bad example and teens should not look up to it or ever try and copy it.

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 Men don’t have to fit the stereotypes to be considered a real man. Not all celebrities portray that a real man has to be violent, brave, independent, buff, never cry, or many other stereotype characteristics of a real man. I think one of the greatest examples is Superman himself. Christopher Reeves is the man that played Superman in the 70’s and 80’s. He was the man of steel and had all the stereotype characteristics of a real man. He was Superman of course he was a real man. Sadly on May 27, 1995 he had an accident being thrown from his horse and was paralyzed from the neck down. Superman, the man of steel, could no longer even take care of himself and walk. He no longer was a physically fit man because he couldn’t do much at all. Just because he was paralyzed did it make him any less of a man? No! He was still the same person just now handicapped. A handicapped MAN!

Someone for teens to lookup to before his use of steroids for a real man is Mark Maguire. He too was a very fit man. The reason he is an example is because he openly cry’s on television for something he cares about, sexually abused children. He does lots of charity work to prevent child abuse. The media say’s real men don’t cry? Sherri Rosen a writer for The Good Man Project says, “I raised four boys. The culture told me and them that it wasn’t okay to cry. I said to the boys” **** the culture, its okay for you to cry.” How could I have possibly raised four healthy boys into men if they couldn’t cry?” It is healthy and normal for men to cry that way they do not emotionally shutdown. In my eyes as long as you are a male, you are a real man. It doesn’t matter if you’re strong, brave, independent, caring, emotional, fat, nerdy, violent, or anything else you are still a true man.

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Real Men Are Tough

 The media is telling young boys (teens) that they aren’t real men unless they are tough and strong along with other characteristics. If we look at media we are more likely going to see a male character as being buff, violent, independent, strong, ect. We hardly ever see them crying, working with others, accept help, ect. Why? Because if a man shows emotion or any of the listed characteristics he is not a real man. Basically the Media is stereotyping what a real man consists of and if they do not meet these expectations they aren’t a real man. Mark Nickerson tells us that, “Media stereotypes have extra impact because they create images based on these assumptions, helping to shape men’s own views about how they should act and how successful they are as men.” The media is helping shape what boys, young men (teens), and men all think about themselves and how they should act to meet the man requirements.

The media has always portrayed men in a macho kind of way but let’s look at the drastic changes it has gone through in history. We can start off with the original James Bond who was a tall skinny Shaun Connery who held a .32 caliber Walther PPK (small pistol). Later we then have Clint Eastwood who is also a slim fitted guy in good shape and he held a 45 Magnum (very large hand gun). Next is where we have a huge jump for the image of what is masculine. Sylvester Stallone as Rambo who is in very good shape with large muscles and has many large guns and explosives. He shows off his muscles with hardly ever wearing a shirt. Last we can take a look at Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator who is a crazy huge body builder, has tons of weapons but now his body is also the weapon. What do we see from the history? All the men get larger built and the gun size increases. As history has progressed the imaged media is saying what is manly has also grown. Teen boys are seeing this image and think that they need to be a real man like many of these media figures and be crazy buff, seek out adventure, be independent, be violent and not afraid of danger, ect. Realistically not many teens can be these characters from the media but does it make them any less of a man? No!

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Five Good Celebrity Role Models

 Most of my blogs have been about all negative influences celebrities have on teenagers. Today we are going to talk about five good celebrities. These are celebrities that all teens can look up to no matter what beliefs or morals you hold, they are all good examples that teens should look up to.


Of course number one is going to be Tim Tebow. Most know him as the Denver Broncos quarterback but he is now currently the quarterback for the New York Jets. Tim is such an example because he is so different then most star athletes. Tim is best known for his stance on being a virgin until marriage and also the famous Tebowing (praising God on one knee). Saving yourself for marriage is not something many people do anymore and he sets a good example for the teens of this generation trying to be that example. Tebowing can be look at as a great example even if you are not a believer of Jesus Christ like Tim Tebow because what it shows is unselfishness. Most athletes today after making a big play or scoring do an absurd touchdown dance or put the other team down and exemplify themselves. Tebow gives the credit to God and not himself. He gives teens the idea that they do not have to act all “bad” to show they are a good athlete. It isn’t all about you. He is an excellent example of good sportsmanship witch is rare now a days. Also Tim Tebow is building a hospital in the Philippinesto help the sick and less fortunate. Tebow says “that the NFL gives him such a platform and he uses it to influence the next generation because that is his passion.”


Second we have Taylor Swift who I personally do not like but is a great example to teens because that is the majority of her fans. Taylorhas become such an amazing hit over the past few years and has grown with huge popularity because of her music. Tayloris a good example because she is young and despite her fame she stays away from drugs, alcohol, and smoking. Of course these are good things but many celebrities have these attributes but what makes Taylor stand out is her inspiration to young girls to work hard just like she did, also all the charity that she is involved in. Lissa Lynn tells us that Taylor “donated all the proceeds from her merchandise sales at the 2008 Country Music Festival to the Nashville Area Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and the National Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.” Also she donated 100,000 dollars to Red Cross. There are many other smaller charities that she takes part in such as inTennessee helping protect children from online predators, St. Judes Research Hospital, and Victory Junction Gang.


Kevin Jonas is my number three best role model because he recently was encouraging his brothers not to have sex until they are married. Depending on your stance about abstinence this could be a great example but what I see as the greater example for teens is that they most likely have younger siblings just like Kevin does. He was encouraging his siblings to do well and stay out of trouble and this is what everyday teens should do for their siblings as well. What a great example and good big brother.


Selena Gomez is also a great female role model for teens just like Taylorswift because she is young, stays out of trouble, has a younger fan base, and is extremely involved in charity. Selena is the youngest person in history to become an ambassador of UNICEF. “Selena has travelled to the Congo with the ENOUGH Project to witness firsthand the difficulties that Congolese citizens are struggling with due to war, poverty and conflict.” She is a true example that despite age you can still get involved and make a difference.


Last but not least Larry Fitzgerald wide receiver from the Arizona Cardinals. Larry is all about “giving back”. Off the field he spends lots of his time giving back to the community by supporting kids and charities for breast cancer. He is huge about helping the youth and their education even starting his own charity called The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund.


All five of these people are great examples for youth to look up too and follow in their foot steps as best as they can. Choosing good role models like these compared to the bad role models in my last blog can really make a drastic change in a teenager’s life for the good rather then the bad.


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Five Bad Celebrity Role Models

In today’s media world there are far more bad examples for teens then there are good. I will list and discuss five bad celebrities that should not be looked up to ever.

Miley Cyrus is our number one bad example; she has such popularity with younger children and teens because of her acting career and music career. Many teens look up to her as a role model and want to become just like her but over the past two years Miley has been getting herself into trouble. According to an AOL poll Miley,”The 18-year old singer and actress has topped the list for the second year in a row due to her scandalous behavior over the past 12 months.” What behavior has Miley been partaking in to make her the worst role model? Let’s start off with the teen choice awards when Miley won many awards and preformed Party in theUSA. While performing at the Teen Choice Awards she pole dances in front of a live crowd and millions watching on TV. That doesn’t set a great example. She has more recently been caught smoking salvia. Also she was recorded giving lap dances in a club. Miley has not been setting a great example for teens and should no longer be looked up too.

JerseyShorecast are going to be our number two worst role models. A life that is rewarded for partying hard, using foul language, getting arrested and having sexual relations all the time is not something that teens should be looking up to and think is cool. The people of the show are being rewarded and paid for the party life they are living on TV and send a message that teens can also party and have life easy. That is not the case and should not be looked up to by teens.

Lindsay Lohan easily makes it to number three. We all remember her cute face from the Parent Trap and later transition into movies like Mean Girls and Freaky Friday. Lindsey then began to hang out with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears two other very bad role models, and began a life of excessive partying. Her partying life led to drug abuse and drinking and driving witch landed her in jail and rehab. This is no example to be setting to fans especially the young and teen crowd.

Chris Brown makes the top five as the only male bad role model. Although what made him a bad role model happened many years ago it is still out in the media and continues to make him a bad role model. He was charged for assault and battery against Rihanna and yet Rihanna stayed with him. This is a bad example to teens that are dating and makes abuse seem okay and normal when it is not and should never be something to put up with.

Last we have Taylor Momsen who is only 17 years of age. She is lead singer of Pretty Reckless and actress on Gossip Girl. Tayloris an interesting character that is very out there with very scandals clothing, speaks quite shrud, and openly smokes. Because she is only 17 this is a bad example for teens who might say well she does it so can I. The most outrageous of Taylor’s scandals would have to be at one of her concerts she flashes her boobs to the crowd. Again this is not an example for teens to follow.

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Media Stars Promote Teen Pregnancy

As entertainment continues to gain popularity each year the celebrity life becomes glamour to lots of teens. Recently media has glamorized teen pregnancy even though this is not something teens should be looking up to. For the past few years MTV has had a big hit with shows like Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant. Sure these shows maybe fun to watch for entertainment but the shows can influence teens in drastic ways. The shows make having a child very young seem okay and fun. It turns these girls who got pregnant really young into celebrities. Carol Weston, who writes an advice column for Girls’ Life magazine, says “the glamorous images of pregnant celebrities can inspire young girls to become mothers. Teens get the idea that pregnancy is fun.” We all think that babies are cute and are so much fun but they are also a lot of work and responsibility, not to mention the financial aspect it takes to take care of a child. Getting pregnant means a possibility of not even finishing high school because your responsibility is now your child. Kimberly Hughes, a 16-year-old from Glen Rock, N.J., who reads US Weekly says, “Baby pictures in particular send a certain message, she says. It’s like look at what you can do if you have a baby. Look at these cool perks you get out of it.” Even teens themselves see the messages these celebrities are putting out there even if they are unintentional. Very few celebrities do recognize that the choices they make are seen by their fans and can influence them and their decisions. For example one teen mom who recognized her unintentional influence on teens is Jamie Lynn Spears, she told OK Magazine that, “I did feel responsible for the young girls and the mothers who I probably confused and let down. I apologize for that. But I wasn’t trying to glamorize teen pregnancy.” She noticed that she had an influence on her fans (teens mostly) and I do applaud her for realizing her mistake and sharing she did not want to promote teen pregnancy. She at least had the knowledge that she did make some fans want to follow in her foot steps. Unintentional or not media is glamorizing teen pregnancy and this is not something that teens should be looking up to or wanting to take part in.

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