The Psychology behind a Selfie from a Teen’s Perspective……

Rhiannon selfieA Selfie is defined as – taking a pic of yourself, often sexualized, and posting it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram with the sole intention of getting ‘likes’- the more the better. Celebrities do it, and tweens, teens and twentysomethings follow.   Why?

Take ‘The “Sexy-Face Selfie”: Rihanna for example.  On Instagram  she asks:

Wanna remind your ex how hot your are? Throw your sexy-face on Instagram. #SexySelfie

‘Why are we girls competing to be the Queen of Pouts? Why do we scour through  photos of celebrities and all our ambitious friends to find out who is the new  princess of prurient poses? Even demure girls are tempted to strike sexually  suggestive poses.But they must be careful, not because parents are looking but  because they might not score any ”likes”  and might then feel a failure,  unworthy among their peers.’ wrote teen journalist Olivia Nelson in an article in The Age today.  Your son or daughter will find Olivia’s take on the ‘selfie’ interesting.  Could be one of those wonderful teachable moments for parents and child!

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About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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