Advantages I enjoy reading it too!
Disadvantages Have to wait till she's finished!
Being the parent of a pre-teen is hard enough at times without worrying about the content of the magazines my 11-year-old daughter is reading. Last week I was faced with the very disturbing image, in one of her magazines, of a young man barely wearing a pair of boxer shorts thrusting his nether regions at me. He must have had a problem in his pants because he had one of his hands in them. I have since taken the offending picture away from my child and it is currently under my pillow for safe keeping!Becca's favourite magazine is 'Shout', published every fortnight and priced at a very reasonable £1.80. When I asked her what initially attracted her to this magazine she replied it was 'cos of the free gifts'. Every issue has either an item of jewellery or makeup attached to the front. I must admit to being a fan of free gifts on magazines myself and have recently acquired 2 beach bags, a make-up bag, a pair of oversized sunglasses, green flip-flops and a 'one size fits all' boob tube - 'one size fits all', pah!!! So I can't really complain about her logic.
This month Rebecca received a ‘brill bracelet’ and last issue she had ‘luscious lip gloss’. The only time I have ever had a problem with one of her free gifts was when it was a set of black eyeliner and mascara as I think she is too young for black. Also I had just run out of them myself so it wasn’t as if they went to waste. Naughty Mum!This magazine is great for dipping into as so much seems to be packed into it, I can’t see it not appealing to the majority of 9 to 13 year old girls. From dramatic true stories – such as living with an incurable illness, to soap news – catching up on all those exciting(!) storylines. Each issue has over 60 pages without too many adverts although I am sick of seeing ones for ringtones. There are always competitions and giveaways, which Becca religiously fills in but never sends off, so there is always plenty to read.
Sometimes I still worry about the obsession of these types of magazines with being grown up and having boyfriends but according to my mother I quite liked this sort of thing myself at that age, I had thought I was still into Twinkle and Bunty at 11, not boys and periods.Within the problem pages there is a section each issue about periods, which I find has been a great help in exploring certain things clearly and concisely to my daughter. I find the problem pages quite informative too. The latest edition contains such problems as ‘I am frightened of starting high school’ and ‘I lied about my age’ (I was a bit concerned about the latter one as an 11 year old had told her 15 year old boyfriend she is the same age). The majority of problems posed, concern relationships with family and friends and how to get boys to notice them. Advice given is very helpful and sensible. Also featured is a page of health problems, such as ‘I wet myself when I laugh’ which I myself found particularly interesting and helpful!
One of the many features in Shout is the flowcharts, one of them this month asked ‘Are you a cool kisser?
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EAN: 9780929005270 Title: TWIST & SHOUT SKU: ST0929005279 Product Category: Books, Comics & Magazines ABOUT SPEEDY HEN LTD