Reality television causing more 'mean girls'

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by NATASHA RYAN / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 15, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 15 at 3:21 PM

EVERETT -- Tina Fish is a mother of twin teenagers. They've been Girl Scouts most of their lives. While she's confident in how she's raised them, something does have her concerned.

Girl Scouts of Western Washington says more parents need to be as wary as Tina when it comes to reality shows. The Girl Scout Research Institute says research shows shows like "Jersey Shore" and "The Real Housewives" are affecting young girls.

"The majority of the girls said that they believe this high level of drama, this aggression, this meanness that is portrayed is now a part of everyday normal life," said Grace Chien of Girl Scouts of Western Washington

Her daughters, Cassidy and Chandler, say reality shows are a part of their friends' lives and they even had a "Jersey Shore" spirit day at school.

Chien adds the majority of the 1100 girls surveyed nationwide also believe to get ahead you have to lie and be manipulative. She calls the results disturbing but Cassidy and Chandler aren't surprised.

 

Chien says reality television is all around. She just hopes parents will take the opportunity to discuss the behavior seen on them. Girl Scouts of Western Washington is also hosting self esteem workshops on October 22 to discuss this topic and how to build good character. For more information visit https://www.girlscoutsww.org/Pages/default.aspx.

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