Celebrity Behavior Sends Wrong Message to Kids

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Sharmen Lane, motivational speaker and coach teaches kids not to emulate some celebrities behavior. School age kids can be confused when celebrities like Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan repeatedly end up in the media for bad behavior. Celebrities getting attention for illegal acts, drug use, and arrests sends the message to kids that these behaviors are acceptable. At every stage of growth and development children need to be reminded that choices have consequences. Lane teaches kids of all ages how to meet goals, and the detriments of poor choices.

Sharmen Lane, motivational speaker and author of Giving You The Wow and The How warns college student audiences about emulating celebrity behavior.

“For instance, Lindsay Lohan, recently out of rehab, and now under investigation for theft may, at some point, begin to understand that poor choices can have dire consequences, but being treated like celebrity royalty does not help our kids to make good and safe choices,” explains Lane, who teaches accountability in her motivational seminars.

“As long as celebrities are treated differently than others, it is common for these select few to have a sense of entitlement, which is how Tiger Woods, upon reflection, described his justification for living a double life—cheating on his wife,” Lane adds. “It is our responsibility to stop enabling celebrity behavior by reinforcing it with attention. It confuses kids when celebrities get away with behavior the rest of society is punished for.”

Historically many celebrities, professional athletes, and leaders have held themselves to a lower moral standard than is expected from the average citizen. “We have a responsibility to our culture, our children, and celebrity figures to make everyone consistently accountable, regardless of their social, prestige, or financial status,” explains Lane, a life coach.

Studies have shown that reinforcing positive behavior is a more powerful teaching tool than punishing poor behavior (http://allpsych.com/psychology101/reinforcement.html and http://www.nationalyouth.com/behaviormodification.html). “However, we must stop confusing our kids by adulating, following and spotlighting morally wrong and/or illegal behavior by celebrity figures,” Lane adds.

Lane recently spoke to college students at Northeastern University teaching the principles and connections between choices and consequences. “The students responded favorably and thanked me for helping them learn how to make better choices in their future,” relays Lane, who is an advocate for schools incorporating programs for kids in all age groups to teach the benefits of positive behavior and the consequences of choosing poor actions—in part as an antidote to extensive media coverage of decadent celebrity conduct.

“If Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, or any other celebrity who acts out is consistently rewarded for their poor behavior with the attention they crave, we are doing them, and our impressionable children a moral injustice,” Lane warns.

Sharmen Lane is available for speaking on motivation, goals, choices and consequences to all age groups. Lane is most passionate about teaching high school to college- aged groups.

Sharmen Lane, author of Giving you The Wow and The How, is a motivational speaker, life coach, and a radio show host.

Shar has been interviewed on Lifetime TV, NPR, New York Daily News, BusinessWeek, and many others. She has written articles for National Magazines and has spoken for several large companies, corporations, high schools, colleges, charities and non-profit organizations throughout the world.

As a motivational speaker, Sharmen Lane has trained, managed, and coached thousands of individuals on what it takes to get what they want. For information visit http://www.sharspeaks.com


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