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So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids

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Risqué Halloween costumes for young girls. T-shirts that boast "Chick Magnet" for toddler boys. Sexy content on almost every television channel, as well as in movies and video games. Popular culture and technology inundate our boys and girls with an onslaught of graphic sexual messages at earlier ages than ever before. Without the emotional sophistication to understand what they are doing and seeing, kids are getting into increasing trouble emotionally and socially. Parents are left shaking their heads, wondering: How did this happen? What can we do?

Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., and Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., internationally recognized experts in, respectively, early childhood development and the impact of the media on children and teens, offer parents essential, age-appropriate strategies to counter the assault. Filled with savvy suggestions, helpful sample dialogues, and poignant stories from families dealing with these issues, So Sexy So Soon provides parents with the information, skills, and confidence they need to discuss sensitive topics openly and effectively, so their kids can just be kids.

For more books that address the issue of sexualization of childhood, visit our Child Sexualization section in Parenting.

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"Levin and Kilbourne, experts in childhood development, explore the troubling trends in ramped-up childhood sexuality; the implications for sexuality and relationships; and the potential for such trends to lead to pathological sexual behavior. The authors offer disturbing research on the pressure on young children, particularly girls, to dress and act in sexually provocative ways long before they are able to understand what they are doing. They also explore the marketing of sex to young children through television and the Internet. Intended for parents of children ranging in age from 4 to 12, this book offers helpful advice about what parents can do to protect their children from hyper-sexualized cultural influences." -- Vanessa Bush, Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age Adult
Author Diane E. Levin Ph.D., Jean Kilbourne Ed.D.
ISBN 0345505077
Publication Date Jul 21, 2009
Publisher Ballantine Books
Language English
Category Body Image / Self-Esteem, Child Sexualization, Media / Commercialization, Physical / Emotional Development
Parenting Books Age Infant to Preschool, Child / School Age, Pre-Teen