The Selfie Culture: Should we be worried?
Selfie trend is spreading everywhere in teenagers and teenagers. If you visit Facebook or Instagrams you can see many selfies posted by teens. It is very rare that you scroll on Facebook or any social media site, and you do not find any selfie posted by teenagers. Research shows that 91% of teenagers daily post their selfies on Facebook. Selfie has become a harmless habit of teens. Selfie is not dangerous in actual, but it could be harmful in many ways. Parents should ask their children to avoid this habit of always taking selfies. Inform them about the risks they can face.
Selfies and Self-Esteem
Many teenagers think that before the trend of selfies they were extremely camera-shy. But now they feel confident while taking selfies as well as in normal life they are confident, but this is just the thought of teens. In actual, the craze of taking selfies is a reason for the development of poor self-esteem. A survey has been made which shows that 65% of teenagers think that selfies are a way of increasing self-confidence, 40% of them believe that social media is a good way to share pictures with others in this way, they can show their beauty to others while 53% believe that if their photos are posted by someone else, it makes them feel bad.
On the other hand, American plastic surgeons declared that more patients are visiting them for surgery because they think their face does not look good while taking selfies. They are not happy with their pictures on social media sites. There is a story of a UK teen which shows you how bad is selfie habit? He left the school and stayed at home for six months and spends 10 or more hours in selfie-taking. In the end, he attempted suicide due to over craze of a selfie. Now you can understand how selfies hurt teen’s self-esteem.
Selfies and Your Online Reputation
As some activities on the internet or social media sites can be dangerous for your children and selfie is one of them. Teens post and share their selfies on Facebook or any social site with their friends. This can have a harmful impact on their reputation if their friends give bad comments on their selfies it may also hurt their relationships. Teens focus on online reputation more than the real world, if someone hurt their reputation they may get emotional and can take wrong steps. So, sharing selfie can be very harmful.
Selfie Safety Tips:
Parents should discuss with their children that too much enthusiasm for selfie-taking is not okay. Also, the comments of people on their pictures should not be related to their reputation. Make sure that your child is using all the security settings in their social accounts. Explain to them that they should take care of their personal things and do not share selfies with strangers or person to whom they cannot believe. Only post those selfies on social media on which they feel comfortable.