As an early childhood educator, I tell parents that young children can’t draw a line between where a TV ad ends and programming begins. As a result, kids often think that ad content is as legitimate as a television show.
Today, as I clicked past yet another reality show, I was reminded of research released last fall that indicated differentiating between fact and fiction is a challenge even for tweens and teens, who watch reality TV. All participants in a national study, conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute, agreed that “reality shows promote bad behavior.”
If your teen or tween likes reality TV, this is must-see data for you: http://www.girlscouts.org/research/pdf/real_to_me_factsheet.pdf