Should you let your children take selfies?

RM003By Rosemary Marchese

Physiotherapist and mum of 3 fit kids

Should you let your children take selfies?

There’s been a bit of a tinkering in the media this week as to whether or not the iPhone generation should take selfies. Mia Freedman came out this week encouraging the avoidance of all nude selfies. I guess I see her point. It can be risky to even have them on your phone. With the cloud and theft there is the risk that those photos will end up in someone else’s hands.

But I also noticed the backlash she received from this too. Shouldn’t your phone be your own private possession?

The debate on what’s safe and what’s not.

This got me thinking about the kids and selfies altogether. Elle Macpherson is plugging it this week. She’s encouraging the iPhone generation to take selfies because ‘Beauty isn’t just reserved for girls on the cover of Vogue.’ she told the Daily Telegraph. I note that she did not say ‘nude selfies’, whereas Mia is discussing the nude selfies.

There’s another interesting point. Why should people be scared to take photos of themselves at all? Phones are personal belongings yet what’s on them doesn’t seem to be any more. With the rapid pace that technology is going I feel like I’m being left behind my own kids. When my 11-year-old son ‘shows’ me stuff on my iPhone it freaks me out a little.  But I get worried that I am not fazed by this enough. In fact, the whole thing is overwhelming me so much I tend to put it into the ‘I’m not there yet’ basket. But really, I am. Parents, including me, really need to be on top of what’s going on with their kids’ lives. Unfortunately a lot of their lives are on their device.

How, as parents do we approach this? If you have teenagers you may already be at this stage. And yes, I appreciate that it’s all starting younger and younger. My eldest is two years away from teenage life but it already worries me. What’s the right way to approach this to protect your kids? I’m not sure yet myself. But I’ll keep watching those in the media debate it for a while longer.


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