Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Unfortunately, celebrities and MPs aren't the only fools stripping off their clothes and whipping out their Smartphones, with a scary 38% of teenagers and young adults admitting to having sent an inappropriate selfie.
As part of an ongoing study into the impact of social media and technology on our lives, online voucher code website My Voucher Codes surveyed more than 500 parents and 18-24 year olds to find out their views on inappropriate selfies, and sending nude pictures of themselves to others via email, text message or Snapchat.
Asking the poor parents what they thought their children were doing on social media sites and what they share with others, revealed that 87% of them believed their little darling would never do such a thing. Bad news for the 'rents there then!
Mark Pearson, founder of My Voucher Codes commented on the findings:
“Although the majority of young adults don’t send inappropriate selfies, parents may be being a bit naïve in thinking their child hasn’t or won’t. With celebrities’ nude photos being released after the Apple iCloud was hacked, everyone needs to be careful not only about taking these photos but also sending and storing them. The safest option is not to take inappropriate photos in the first place! With peer pressure and increased access to social media and tools like Snapchat available, parents need to have this conversation with their children.”
Picking up on this report, the Daily Mail investigated the trend amongst older people and found that 8% of 45-54 year olds admitted taking a nude selfie, and even 2% of those questioned aged 65 and over admitted to having a photo of themselves in the buff on their mobile phone. Not something you want to think of your nanna doing really!
But as the Mail report shows, there is a darker side to this trend, with both the NSPCC and ChildLine commenting on the dangers. A sad trend for our times, and definitely a conversation to have with your teens today.