What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What's it about?
The simple interface of SKINNEEPIX opens up directly into camera mode. Teens can snap a selfie using the front camera, take a picture of a friend using the back camera, or pull a photo from the camera roll. They then select the check box to approve the image, and the app scans the image to detect facial features. With a tap, the face in the image can be slimmed by five pounds, 10 pounds, or 15 pounds, and the image can be changed to black-and-white or sepia. Teens then can save the picture to the camera roll or share it via social media.
Is it any good?
The effectiveness of the slimming makeover is hit or miss. Some faces look slightly thinner while others don't noticeably change or end up looking distorted. It's really simple to use, and it may take a few tries to get the desired results (as with any selfie). The developers bill it as a motivator to see possible results from a few healthy lifestyle changes, but it also could be criticized for contributing to the drive of presenting a perfect face to the world via social media, no matter how distorted. Still, even with a 15-pound takeoff, faces appear healthy and not unrealistically thin.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the phenomenon of selfie-adjustment apps and the desire to project a perfect image. Listen to teen's ideas calmly and share your own thoughts and values.