AKB48 has reshaped the landscape of youth culture in modern Japan. Such a strategy encourages young people today to chase dreams of being in the spotlight that many Japanese would have shunned years ago. These days, long-term goals of careers in politics or medicine have been replaced with the need for instant gratification and glamour.
Despite being more age-appropriate, even the photographs for the "femme" collection are unsettling. The way the young-looking model is posed with that sunglasses-wearing teddy bear--she's made to look like a child, while the actual children are made to look like adults. What do you think?
The best way to teach your children good manners is to have good manners yourself, and model them in front of your children. This mother of three goes over several of her favorite strategies for raising a well-mannered and polite child. Learn how to model a fairytale Book in Cinema 4D with this video walkthrough.
Girls as young as 13 are flocking to use a teen dating website which allows them to be targeted with vile sexual messages from older men. Its very existence is unknown to many parents. Shockingly, many users are adults trying to contact naive youngsters, a Sunday People investigation found.
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Thylane Loubry Blondeau, a year-old model with a sultry stare beyond her years, had the fashion industry drooling after posing for French Vogue. But photos of the Parisian preteen, whose lanky body and gap-toothed pout bring to mind full-grown size-zero magazine cover girls, have reignited the debate over the sexualization of young girls. Wearing makeup, high heels and haute couture, Blondeau looks a far cry from a typical year-old.
Billed as "Chanel meets Barbie" for "wannabe style icons", the My Minx website, aimed at pre-teens, lets players select their digital avatar's breast size and design their own underwear. Players are encouraged to adopt multiple Third World children to outdo other "minxes". Using virtual currency called pink pounds, characters can buy condoms and so-called "anti-baby tablets" or attend burlesque and rave-themed parties. Australian Childhood Foundation chief executive Joe Tucci said the website's creators were profiting from children's developmental vulnerability.
By Sarah Vine for the Daily Mail. A teenage girl, just 14 according to her profile, sits in her kitchen in her blue school uniform. She is filming herself on her smartphone, broadcasting live to an invisible audience of plus strangers.