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It's October 3 and a Wednesday, and it's the perfect time to broadcast Mean Girls to your children.

Today is what is recognised by millennials as Mean Girls Day, as October 3 is when main characters Cady Heron and Aaron Samuels had their infamous exchange of words.

As a diehard fan of the 2004 chick flick, I have made the effort to wear pink to the office and to my delight my co-workers are excitedly taking quizzes to find out which characters they are.

The iconic pop culture film has influenced millions - whether you were more part of the plastics or the art freaks at school, most of us were able to relate to at least one of the characters or teenage tragedies.

Covering break-ups, family feuds and friendship fallouts, the film explores many problems that most of us do - just on a high school level. The film also highlights cliques and subcultures in high schools and how negative stereotypes are held due to the way you look.

Throughout the film the protagonist learns it is better not to conform to society's beauty ideals and that kindness is important. This is an important message to share with the next generation especially due to how much the younger people are influenced by social media ideals.

More studies have reported that social media is negatively impacting the wellbeing of young people, and with the influx of images of perfect people with perfect lifestyles being imprinted on our brains it’s only set to get worse.

Today’s teens should watch the film, not only so they don’t feel left out of the abundance of memes on a yearly occurrence, but also because they may learn why it’s important to treat others with respect.

In the hope that you can reduce bullying, combat social media sadness and deter potential future trolls, sit your kids down in front of the TV for this special annual occasion.