It is impossible to write about the representative tween, since each girl has unique experiences, interests and points of reference.
Geographic, racial, religious, socioeconomic and familial factors vary, too, and play key roles in development.
The girls wear Uggs and Juicy Couture sweatshirts and are discussing boys, Lady Gaga and blow jobs. ” Keep up with this story and more “Wait, you guys – what’s going on at school? ” asks Madison, then 11, who had recently left the local middle school for a private school. The result terrifies many adults: American women, age tween. Tweens range in age from 10 to 12 years or 8 to 14 years, depending on whom you ask. The nickname “tween” references a vaguely defined life stage (somewhere between childhood and adolescence) but it also delineates a dynamic marketing niche.That is a scary show with a lot of sophisticated content.” The show, on ABC Family, is rife with sexual innuendo, mature language, stealing, lying and murder, plus a high school student has a sexual relationship with her teacher.“Even the language on Disney and Nick is getting more sophisticated, because the 8- and 9-year-olds are getting more sophisticated,” Buckingham adds. “The way kids dress when they go to school is just beyond me. ” says Barbara Daley, a child and adolescent psychologist in Boston who has worked with patients for 25 years.For decades, Disney has been raising girls on cartoon princesses of effortless beauty, impossible proportions and a penchant for crowns and mirrors. As girls grow up, they graduate from those cartoon movies to shows like Miley Cyrus’s seminal , a reality series on Disney-owned ABC that pairs a modern-day prince with a parade of interchangeable Miss America lookalikes who are sexually attractive but not sexual, educated but not overtly intelligent.“The TV tweens are watching is getting racier,” says Jane Buckingham, founder and chief executive officer of Trendera, a consulting firm with expertise on younger generations.“It used to be all Nickelodeon and Disney; now is a huge hit among tweens.“They’re wearing a little cami, and if they are among the developed kids, you know, who let you out of the house?