Are children growing up too fast?

As generations pass, more and more children are living the life of a teenager in the body of a ten year old. Children are starting to grow up faster, and act older than their actual age.

In years past, younger children from the ages of six to fourteen did without cellular devices and social media. As technology and social media becomes a more prominent part of society, the age at which children receive their first cell phone gets younger and younger.

It has reached the point where even babies have their own Facebook pages and Instagrams. Parents are typically the ones to set up the social media accounts in an effort to share photos of their children as they grow older.

On such social media accounts, there are photos of little girls with makeup on and earrings that are more acceptable for older people. In television shows like Toddlers in Tiaras, girls as young as four have makeup caked on their faces with wigs bigger than their tiny bodies.

Pageants are a perfect example of instances where children are portrayed as teenagers or adults rather than young and innocent babies.

Even Halloween costumes turn more provocative as children get older. Sometimes the costume for a five year old is just as, if not worse, than a costume for an ten year old.

In some costumes, such as the Little Mermaid costume, the stomach is exposed and the child is wearing a shimmering bra with long sequin pants.

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Eleventh grader Tammia Marcano says that she has been wearing makeup since eighth grade, “I don’t preferably wear makeup unless I have to cheer or model,” says Marcano. Public events such as cheerleadering, modeling and pageantry usually require girls to wear heavy makeup and doll themselves up for the occasion. Whether the girls like or not, they must succumb to the outlines of the event.

Twelfth grader Jordan Horwitz admits that even she believes that children are growing up before their time, and technology is a growing factor. “Fifth graders have cellphones,” says Jordan who did not receive her first cell phone until the “seventh grade.”

A final source, Sydni Lawrence, says “the clothes they wear and the language they use—the way they speak to adults,” are just some examples she has seen of children growing up too fast.

As technology and fashion continue to develop, the possibility of children with iPhones and proactive clothing will increase greatly.

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