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My teen's friends post really suggestive photos on their Instagram accounts. Should I do something about it?
This is a trend that we'll be happy to see go away. Posting suggestive photos is risky, especially on social media sites where anyone can follow you. But it also signifies how kids see themselves and how they want others to see them. Teens may notice that the sexier the selfie, the more likes and followers they'll get.
If the friends' profiles are really revealing and public (meaning they haven't set privacy settings), you might consider mentioning this to the kids' parents. You also want to make sure your own teen doesn't follow suit. Talk to your kids about the validation they get from their peers and how their self-image should never be defined solely by their looks.