How to talk to your kids about "selfies"

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A selfie is a self portrait taken with your smartphone and shared online or via an app. But, the concept existed long before social media. “Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna at the age of 13 was one of the first teenagers to take her own picture using a mirror to send to a friend in 1914.” Whether you view them as art, communication or narcissism, selfies continue to grow in popularity among tweens and teens, and are shared via text, apps and social networks.

One of the ways this plays out is through a genre of selfies–the sexy-selfie. While the word “sexy” is open to interpretation, we are referring to sexually explicit, inappropriate or otherwise questionable poses and situations. Even though girls are more likely to share a selfie, they’re shared by both boys and girls as young as 10–and, perhaps, even younger. Read more by Sarah Evans of Faves & Co on how to talk to your kids about selfies.