Beauty pageants held on Instagram

This post written by Hollee Actman Becker for the Australian site iVillage explains what is happening to children and young adults (particularly girls) on the photo sharing site Instagram:

Did you know that there are beauty pageants on Instagram?

No?

Well then you may want to sit down.

Because you know who the participants in these pageants are?

Our children.

Wait. What?

People will actually vote for who they think is the least attractive in the comments, and whichever girl’s name is written the most will be awarded a big fat X drawn across her face.

This is a real concern. Talk to your children. Are they on Instagram? Really?

The great thing is that the author took the haters head on (in a nice way by posting inspirational messages and asking them to stop the beauty contests) and some of the behaviour has turned around:

Slowly but surely, this little posse of fourth and fifth grade girls — who had just spent hours feeling bad about themselves — picked themselves up and took to Instagram to post inspirational messages of their own.

The author continues:

So, when my kids get home tonight — they are 7 and 10 and yes, they are both on Instagram — I’m going to take a few moments before all the after-school craziness begins to really sit down and talk to them about what it means to use social media correctly and responsibly.

Great advice for all parents.

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