You may recognize some of these faces. These are some of the ladies from FOX13 News who agreed to share photos from the "teen years."
What we're wearing may not stand out to you, mainly because we're fully covered.
"As far as dressing sexy, are you kidding me?," asked FOX13 Good Morning Memphis anchor Valerie Calhoun says. "I wore my hair in dog ears, even as a senior in high school."
The "dog-eared-days" from when Valerie and the rest of us were teens, are gone.
"They've got the Internet against them," said Brian Housman, social media and parenting expert. "They've got websites against them. They have teen (literature) against them and fashion magazines against them and TV shows."
Selena Gomez. Beyoncé. Miley Cyrus. Rihanna. Teen girls idolize them and feel the pressure to look just as sexy as they do.
"It's in their face all the time," said Suzanne Pike, mother. "They're constantly sexualizing our teenage girls, even sweet good, girls."
Everywhere they look, teenage girls are feeling the heat to look "hot."
FOX13 News has some images posted on a Tennessee teenage girl's Facebook page. FOX13 was granted permission from her parents to use her page but have blurred her name and the faces in photos.
The pictures are tame compared to some of the other photos found on Instagram and Twitter, which were shared by teen girls.
"The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Cosmogirl.com recently released the results of a survey they did on teens and sexually suggestive images. They found that 37-percent of teen girls have sent an inappropriate photo by text, or online social websites like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Housman says that's not even the worst of it.
"We know that 25-percent of them were sent to a total stranger and 25-percent of them arranged to meet with that stranger," he said.
So, what can parents do to prevent their teen girls from posting or sending these sexed up photos?
Moms like Pike say "old-fashioned-parenting" is a good place to start.
"We have passwords and we're over their shoulders and we pick up phones," she said. "If we scroll through phones at the dinner table and you've deleted your text messages, you're grounded."
But sometimes it's not that easy. Teens, who weren't willing to go on camera, tell FOX13 News they are able to hide their conversations from their parents by posting under names that can't be linked back to them. Teenagers are also turning to apps that make it easier to take part in secretive "sexting."
"Snap Chat" is one of the most popular among teens. It allows them to send photos or videos to friends that delete automatically within 10 seconds of being viewed, making it nearly impossible for parents to track.
Pike says she's aware that now more than ever parenting is a full-time job which now includes keeping up with technology. But she hopes parents remember the importance of communicating offline with their kids.
"Be in their space all the time," Pike said. "Be in their space. Talk to them. Say things that might be uncomfortable."
Meanwhile, many of us are left to reminisce about the good old days when girls could just be girls.
"I think boy, would I be out of place now," said FOX13 Good Morning Memphis anchor Valerie Calhoun. "I would have to change my mindset if I was a teenager now as opposed to then in the 80s."
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