Parents are upset about the increase in the amount of photos young children and teens take of themselves.
“The rise in selfies can likely be attributed to increased access to technology, our instant-gratification society, a need for positive attention and constant validation and a desire to feel worthy or beautiful," said Theodote K. Pontikes, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences and the Department of Pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
While Pontikes admits that this is normal adolescent behavior, it can lead to addictive behavior and definite safety risks. She points out such concerns as:
Predators who objectify and seek out children, making kids vulnerable
Rejection creating self-injury or even suicide from cyberbullying
Body dysmorphia where young girls and boys can feel inadequate when compared to unrealistic models and fall into eating disorders or other self-destructive behavior.
An escape from human contact hiding underlying depression, anxiety or obsessive disorders.
Loss of productivity at school or work, privacy issues and injuries or liability when operating motor vehicles are all part of cellphone use. It’s up to you to control it.