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posted: 11/3/2011 5:30 AM

Tips for parents whose daughters watch reality TV

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1. Talk to your daughters.

Find out what they watch, and watch with them once in a while. Use that as a chance to ask how they feel about themselves, and how things are going with their friends. It can be difficult, but keep the channels of communication open.

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2. Give girls a choice of activities.

Girls watch 12 hours of TV a week, according to the Girl Scout Research Institute, but 80 percent of those surveyed said they prefer to spend free time with family and friends.

3. Not all reality TV shows are created equal.

Some competition or makeover shows can be inspirational and raise awareness of social issues, while other shows focus on relationship drama and mean behavior. Decide which are appropriate for your child.

4. Join the movement.

MissRespresentation.org and girlsrealitycheck.com both have campaigns to help distinguish between reality and fact.

Source: Girl Scout Research Institute

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