|ˈsterēəˌtīp; ˈsti(ə)r-|noun // a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing
UrbanDictionary.com: “ These are labels given to individuals generally during high school years, to catagorize them. They range from preps , bimbos , geeks , nerds , jocks , townies , grungers , emos , goths , punks and the infamous chavs ."
“ I wanted to be liked. I was acting like the girls in the video. I guess guys thought they can act like the guys in the video so we can play a role together. It was a definite mistake.” Maria, age 16
Media Influences: Questions 1. Why do many teens take their cues for behaviour from the media they consume? 2. Why are sexual harassment and other sexual pressures so commonplace among teens? 3. How do labels like “cool” and “popular” contribute to the problem? 4. How do friends escalate a situation by spreading gossip as entertainment? (adapted from http://www.itsateensworld.com/)