Is 10 years old too young to be taking selfies?

By Drum Digital
10 July 2014

When a trip to the hairdresser resulted in 46 selfies, British mom Caroline Day realised her 10-year-old daughter, Ava, had a new fixation. But what are the rules for young kids on social media?

When a trip to the hairdresser resulted in 46 selfies, British mom Caroline Day realised her 10-year-old daughter, Ava, had a new fixation.

A “selfie” is the current social phenomenon, whereby a person takes a photograph of themselves (typically with a smartphone), which is then loaded onto a social media site. The word became the Oxford English Dictionary’s “word of the year” in 2013, and the selfie has been embraced by everyone from Miley Cyrus to Pope Francis.

According to Caroline (44), her daughter spends about an hour a day taking selfies, and in the past two months has accumulated 143 of them on her tablet. “There’s Ava in the kitchen. Ava in the garden. Ava in the bedroom. It’s all me, me, me,” she says.

Ava doesn’t see anything wrong with her new habit, and says her friends are just as obsessed as she is.

Caroline worries about the implications of the selfie obsession. Her son, Alex (14), takes the occasion selfie.

Ava has an Instagram account, but her mother has ensured the settings are on “private”, meaning only friends can access Ava’s pictures.

“At this impressionable age, they should be working out what they think and what they feel, not examining what they look like every second of the day. It’s as if our little girls are now constantly holding a mirror in front of their faces. How can it be healthy to want to thrust yourself into the centre of every scene, and star in every single activity?” Caroline says.

Furthermore, the mom says the selfie obsession has been fuelled by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé and Miley, “who can barely eat breakfast without recording the momentous event and sharing it with their fans on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram”.

“For Ava and her friends it’s almost as if unless you take a picture, the experience doesn’t count,” she says.

You may remember the schoolboy from the UK who was so obsessed with selfies – he took 200 every day. The 19-year-old spent 10 hours a day trying to take a flawless image, and his addiction drove him to attempt suicide. Danny Bowman suffered from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a condition where sufferers feel an excessive anxiety about their personal appearance.

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  • You must be at least 13 years old to use the service.
  • You may not post violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos or other content via the service.

-Megan Bursey

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