Social Stereotypes: Social Role Models

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Social role models “It takes a village to raise a child” Being a teen aged 9 to 16 nowadays is more challenging than ever before, due to all the pressures put on our kids by the society. At this age, children are really easy to influence and there are lots of sources which can influence their behaviour, turning them from promising society pillars to so-called “hoodies” - the name given by the media to the teens who change from good natured people into stalkers. After the age of 9, a child is gradually given more and more freedom of will and gains more liberty from his parents. This also means he will be developing friendships and an entourage. Depending on what friends the child will pick, he might turn into a bad citizen. Many kids develop an entourage frequented by drug dealers and are likely to try drugs themselves as well. Once this happens, they become addicts and deviate from the path towards being a good citizen. Being involved with a friend who is violent or is member of a gang can also influence the child and make him/her turn into a criminal. The environment action upon children aged 9-16 is so high, it can totally ruin a good education and make them prone to activities which lead to even worse behaviour. If you take the example of a 9 year old who is an overachiever and wants to become a doctor, so he definitely wants to go to college, and analyse how a bad entourage alters his beliefs you can see the transformation from a good child into a worst citizen.

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