That said, I think it's important to start discussing how we can work together to minimize the devastating effects that the paparazzi have on children. I hope new laws and consumer awareness will help, but I am skeptical. This isn't intended to undermine everyone's efforts. I fully support new pap laws and all efforts to educate the public.
I think the core issue that we need to address with children is Fear. Children don't understand what is going on and are naturally afraid. You can do your best to explain it to them, but let's face it, how can anyone (including adults) make sense of this insane/unjust situation.
Another Strategy (for younger children only):
Treat the paparazzi as a game. (Yes, I'm serious). Not only a game, but a fun game that they look forward to.
Give your child an iPhone or ipad mini and show them how to use the camera. Tell your child that the camera/ipad acts as a shield, and that the name of the game is "catch the paparazzi". Every picture that they take of a pap, earns them points/rewards. On the back of the iPhone you can stencil on the words "Papbuster.com" (to make paparazzi photos of your child worthless). Eventually you can teach your child to easily upload the photos they take OF THE PAPS to the "Face of Greed" page on paparazzibuster.com (really, it's so easy a child can do it) . This page has been created to provide a central place to store images and information on the stalkerazzi. It is easily browsable and seachable and it's free.
Why do this?
- It replaces Fear with something fun.
- Children can understand (and maybe even appreciate) a fun game.
- It collects important information.
Is this some misguided effort to get you to promote the papbuster brand? No. I don't care what you solution you go with, or what you stencil (or don't). I just happen to believe that the best solution is one where we all work together.
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