What is "Reality Check"?
Does reality TV really reflect what girls' realities really are?
Nearly 50 percent of all girls ages 11 - 17 watch reality TV shows regularly. Many believe that what they are seeing is "mainly real and unscripted." Whoa! It's time for a Reality Check!
We received so many great submissions to the Reality Check video contest and even better yet – we got girls talking! We can’t thank you enough for sharing your reality with us. You told us what you care about, what inspires you and what challenges you face.
It's clear that girls have a lot to say and want to discuss the issues they face every day, so keep talking! We are hoping you continue to share your realities with us via our Reality Check Facebook page and Reality Check blog.View the winning videos on the Reality Check website!
Many girls ages 8 - 18 consume more than 10 hours of media messages each day. Reality Check promotes a very important conversation among teens and adults alike.
Girl Scouts of the USA has launched the ToGetHerThere campaign to promote girl leadership. Part of their plan to create change is to promote healthy media images of women. Visit the ToGetHerThere website to learn even more about the ways media affect girls.
Here are some additional resources to help you and your family learn more about Reality Check:
- Tips for Girls When Viewing Reality TV
- Tips for Parents Who Want to Talk to Their Teen about Reality TV
On Oct. 13, we also hosted a Reality Check webcast with the assistance of a top-notch team of students from Columbia College Chicago. The hour-long show was hosted by Kasia Pilewicz, a real-life model who competed in the 2011 season of America's Next Top Model, and Maria Wynne, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Our panel included girls Parisha, Morgan, Kulsoom and Daniaja, and several other experts.
Check it out and learn a lot more about girls and reality TV!
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is grateful for the partners who stepped forward to collaborate on the Reality Check campaign. View our list of partners.