What are "selfie-improvement" apps?

Selfie-improvement apps are photo-editing programs specifically designed to smooth out the imperfections of selfies (pictures of oneself). Apps such as Facetune, SkinneePix, and Perfect365 promise to give you clear skin, whiter teeth, and other enhanced features. For kids and teens used to capturing and sharing every moment of their lives -- and who understand the power of photos to elevate or downgrade their social statuses -- the temptation to improve their images is strong.

But selfie-improvement apps can prey on teens' fears and insecurities about their appearances. They can make teens over-reliant on the peer validation they get from their boosted images. And, perhaps even more damaging, selfie improvement can make them believe that the artificial representations of themselves are better than the real thing.

Selfies are important to kids, and they're not going away anytime soon. Talk to your kids about the importance of valuing themselves for what they can do, think, create, and imagine, not what they look like.

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Kid, 11 years old

I used to use one, the first time I tried it it was a year ago, I thought I looked "fabulous", I found that picture again, it is horrifyingly plasticish and ugly, and the original was adorable! The next time I used it I realized it was stupid! The last time I used it was to make a really ugly picture of myself (like giant sunglasses and poofy pink and purple hair) I sent it to my friends for laughs and never used an app like that again, my advice is.... Your beautiful the way you are and you don't need any stupid selfie editor to make you better, because it just makes it worse.
Kid, 9 years old

I am nine and I think selfies r fine for kids they make u feel more teenish I love them