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Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, has banned his 14-year-old daughter from posting selfies, and compares the trend to pornography.

The 42 year old father of five has criticised parents who let their children post provocative photographs on the internet, shares Daily Mail.

He told podcast The Lifestyle News Hound: ‘We’re the first generation of parents to deal with this [social media].

‘I’m going to generalise massively here, but from my observation so far, at 13 to 14 the kind of pictures girls are putting up, from what I have seen, are split 50/50 – a normal young girl and then this weird hybrid of, dare I say it, quite porno, luscious, pouty lips, pushing boobs out.

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‘I’m like, ‘My god!’ I don’t even want to look at some of the things my daughter shows me. I’m like, ‘Really? Aren’t their parents all over that like a rash?’

‘We banned Daisy from doing selfies. It’s almost the sugar of social media – it’s a quick way to get some sort of pat on the back or love.’

The couple have three daughters – Poppy Honey, 15, Daisy Boo, 14, and Petal Blossom, eight – as well as sons Buddy Bear, seven, and 15-month-old River Rocket.

I think this is a VERY wise decision. More parents need to be aware of what their children are sharing and how much it can truly affect their future.

Are your children into selfies yet? Do you have strict rules about sharing them online?

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  • Sensible as always is our Jamie. Kids these days are being raised in a “me” culture and selfies really fuel that. Selfies reinforce to kids that the world revolves around them, that you aren’t worth anything unless you have thousands of “likes”.

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  • My daughter is thirteen and posts some selfies on Interest. It’s an age they like to experiment and get more self aware. It’s good to watch what they are doing and where needed restrict and protect them. Good on Jamie for putting his boundaries clearly down.

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  • I agree. Some teenage images are disgraceful for their age.


    • I also find some images posted across the spectrum of ages – teenagers upwards to be highly inappropriate. I am always baffled as to why grown adults want to post photos of themselves constantly across social media.

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  • We have always had rules about internet security and privacy and discussions and rules about posting and sharing pictures. Times have changed and children are bombarded with technology and they need to be educated and savvy about using it and need to made aware of their ongoing digital footprint. The issue attached to selfies is the way young women in this instance are portraying themselves and again they are saturated with images via social media and conventional media.

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  • I am a big fan of Jamie but don’t fully agree with this.I do see his point of view though.

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  • I agree completely with him. My daughter is also 15. Luckily she’s not interested in social media, so she never posts selfies. But I’ve seen pictures of girls her age (or even younger) so incredibly provocative. I can’t believe their parents allowed them to post such pictures. And, furthermore, visible to the all world, not just their friends. Too dangerous and scary.

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  • I adore Jamie Oliver but that is not why I am agreeing with him on this. My daughter is 12 and she posts the occasional selfie but they are what you would expect from a normal 12 yr old…….onsie photos , crosseyed , funny faces , upside down on monkey bars. I encourage her to be as ridiculous as possible and be a little girl as long as possible….Have fun. She has shown me photos of her fellow classmates which have completely shocked me. Sexy…..Suggestive….Pornographic….Yes all of the above….from TWELVE year olds. I know the mums of some of these girls and am VERY sure that they have not seen them cos they would freak. I am right up there with you Jamie but I am afraid we can only do our best with the beautiful daughters we have.

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  • I cannot stand Jamie Oliver but this is a fantastic idea! I’m gobsmacked at some of the photos gitls in their early teens are putting out there. If I had a daughter and she thought that was acceptable behaviour she would be forced back into the dark ages in regards to accessing technology.

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  • this is why my daughter shares my instagram account

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