We have all grown up listening to our parents reminisce about the good old days-when they were kids, and, somehow, almost everything only cost pennies and sticks and stones were major sources of entertainment. Like most, I cringe at these “the times have changed” stories from my parents that are usually warranted by the amount of cable channels available or the cost of ice cream.
But kids these days don’t have it so easy either. Sure, they have spell-check and Wikipedia, but thanks to similar technologies, they also have a plethora of outlets to be bullied and harassed by their peers. As if the playground and cafeteria weren’t bad enough, now the teasing and name-calling can take place 24/7 via Facebook, instant message, text, Twitter and other social media vehicles.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of kids having plastic surgery has gone up 30 percent over the past 10 years. Experts cite bullying as the reason.
The question is what kind of message does this send out? The increase in procedures shows many parents are comfortable with altering their child’s appearances, but others believe changing a child’s appearance is not the answer to bullying. How do you feel? Would you let your child have a procedure to change a feature that classmates teased them about?
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