Saturday, January 24, 2015

How Girls Are Seeking (and Subverting) Approval Online

From selfies to shout-outs, girls are using social media both to build up and break down their self-image.

Caroline Knorr Parenting Editor | Mom of one Categories: Media and Body Image
Parenting Editor | Mom of one
It's not a law that you have to post a selfie before, during, and after every activity. But for kids, it's pretty much mandatory. The resulting likes, thumbs-ups, and other ratings all get tallied, both in the stark arithmetic of the Internet and in kids' own minds. For some -- especially girls -- what starts as a fun way to document and share experiences can turn into an obsession about approval that can wreak havoc on self-image.

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