Chil­dren shouldn’t be selfie stars

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PAR­ENTS should not en­cour­age chil­dren to take self­ies, as it risks them only ex­pe­ri­enc­ing life “through a lens”, a lead­ing psy­chol­o­gist has claimed.

Elie Godsi said chil­dren must be al­lowed to es­cape from the “seden­tary world” of mo­biles, com­put­ers and TV.

Fam­i­lies should en­cour­age chil­dren to play out­side, in­stead of con­fin­ing them to in­door ac­tiv­i­ties that can lead to “ex­ces­sive ex­po­sure” to screens and so­cial me­dia.

The con­sul­tant clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist said the “con­stant pres­sure” to post pic­tures of them­selves on­line means chil­dren can miss out on real-life ex­pe­ri­ences.

Kids risk only ex­pe­ri­enc­ing life ‘through a lens’

Young­sters should have “real fun” in­stead of “pre­tend­ing” to be en­joy­ing them­selves for the cam­era be­cause of wor­ries about how they will ap­pear to their friends.

Godsi said: “Self­ies should not be en­cour­aged. There is a place for tak­ing a few pho­tos, as a way to help fam­i­lies share mem­o­ries, but the con­stant pres­sure to post on so­cial me­dia means there’s a risk that they (chil­dren) don’t ex­pe­ri­ence any­thing ex­cept through a lens.”

His com­ments came as a sur­vey of 2 000 par­ents by out­door ed­u­ca­tion provider Kingswood found the big­gest source of qual­ity time among fam­i­lies is watch­ing TV to­gether, with 68% say­ing this was their main ac­tiv­ity. – Daily Mail

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