Alec Baker, Psy.D.

Media’s Externalization of Kids’ Self-identity

Media’s Externalization of Kids’ Self-identity

Few things are more important to a child’s development than discovering their self-identity. Their interests, personality, intellectual and physical attributes, and relationships with others all stem from their self-identity. Without a healthy sense of self, children will lack a sense of consistency and stability. The ways that children develop a positive and healthy self-identity are changing. Through pop culture and the use of technology, kids are becoming more externally driven as opposed to internally driven. Social “norms” are presented to children as ideals that they should strive for, instead of letting them figure out who they want to become on their own.

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