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The Project host said she “feels sick” when she thinks about the impact that social media and selfie culture might have on little Evie, who is currently 14 months.

In a discussion on air last night about Australia’s body image crisis Carrie says, “I’ve got a little girl and I’m terrified what life’s going to be like for her when she hits social media and [will be] having to post a picture and get a like – or a certain number of likes – before she’ll go out in the outfit she’s wearing,” said Bickmore.

“I mean, the whole thing makes me feel sick!”

“As parents what are we meant to do?”

80 per cent of Australian women are unsatisfied with the way they look.

“When you think about it, a woman’s body is just a machine for living in,” Bickmore said. “Sure, it can do amazing things like growing babies and reaching high shelves. But it is just a tiny part of who we are. And yet, just 63 per cent of Australian girls and women are proud to be female.”

“Whenever you see a little girl, even if she’s dressed in the most beautiful dress, instead of the first thing you say is ‘Oh my gosh, how pretty do you look?’, you should say, “How’s your day going? What was the latest book you read?” or something,” Bickmore said.

“And often I try to do it, but it just comes so naturally to see a little girl in a little dress and go “how cute do you look?”

Do you worry about your children and the selfie craze?

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  • don’t use social media try to keep kids away from it for as long as you can.Enjoy life the way it was before facebook etc

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  • Yes j worry about it and about the median influence on kids

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  • yet she advertises make up and beauty products

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  • I try to teach my children that they are perfect in my eyes as they are (currently girls nine and five).

    i do make an effort to always say to them and let them choose their outfits and I always make sure to add – wear what your comfortable in – meaning not comfort ie nothing too tight, but wear what makes them happy!

    when questioned about celebrities I always remind them that they have a production crew to get them ready for an event which includes make up, hair, clothing jewellery etc. I always try to show them people like Taylor Swift (someone who they both look up to!) in her stage/event look and then her everyday look – so they can see the difference themselves.

    I think women will always have this struggle because for a lot of us we put it upon ourselves to compare and judge ourselves.

    Here’s to teaching the next generation of girls to confident and happy with themselves and to not mind what anyone else says!

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  • Love and nurture your children, teach them true beauty comes from within, teach them to be strong , resilient and to love the skin they are in. Teach/educate them in the dangers of the world wide web and world in general and be aware as a parent as to who, when and where they are. And all should be OK.


    • Wise words and beauty does come from within.

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  • I do and don\’t worry. Let\’s teach our children both sons and daughters to be resilient, to change the stereo types, to love one another no matter what. And when things go wrong be there for them and help them to recover from the fall.

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  • Educating children about social media is important part of being a parent.

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  • No it doesn’t scare me so much. When we as parents teach our children from the very start that beauty is not coming from our appearance but from our character, they will learn that we can build our identity on different and more important things

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  • Social media is a small part of an entire life and children need to be taught how to evaluate and appreciate all forms of media, networking and life.

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  • Yes it is scarey with all those selfies asking for approval.

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  • Be there whenever she is on the computer and limit social media. No-one in my household uses it – so no cyber bullying or horrible people saying things they can say because they don’t say it to your face. It’s up to you Carrie Bickmore.

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  • It is very scary for sure. I hope that my little girl grows into a confident, strong women who knows she’s amazing without the need for anyone to tell her.

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  • I feel the same way. I can already see how much peers can effect my little one

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  • Yes, I think it is creating narcissists very young.

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  • It concerns me how many girls (and boys) seek reassurance on social media now. Not a day goes by where on my facebook newsfeed that there is a post by someone saying like if you think I’m beautiful, or comment for this or that. I hope my kids have the confidence that they don’t need to do this as they get older.

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