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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Bare-bones selfie-editing tool subtly slims.

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Ease of Play

The interface is very simple: Take a picture with the device's front or back camera and tap on five, 10, or 15 pounds to see a slimmer selfie.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SkinneePix​ is a selfie-adjustment app that lets teens take a picture using the front or back camera of a device and edit it with a tap to make the face look five, 10, or 15 pounds thinner. Teens then can share the photo via any social media service installed on the device or save it to the camera roll. There's no privacy policy or terms of service in-app or online.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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.

  • For more information and ideas for discussion, check out our posts on When Selfie-Improvement Apps Go Too Far and Girls and Body-Image Tips.

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For kids who love photography and being healthy

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