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They carried shopping bags from Neiman Marcus, DKNY and Pink.I remarked to the girls how strange it seemed to see the mothers in the mall dressed so similarly to their daughters.And as we have seen in the recent abduction and murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg, Va., concerns about online predators are more than just a moral panic: they stem from something real.Lovell reportedly texted with one of her alleged killers, 18-year-old David Eisenhauer, a Virginia Tech student, on Kik Messenger, an app known among kids as a place for the exchange of sexts and nude selfies.“Sharenting” has given parenting a whole new dimension: viewer-rated performance.The usual debate centers on whether posting pictures of one’s children’s online—or allowing one’s children to do so—is safe from a privacy or security standpoint.Accompanying the boom in selfie culture is a rise in competitive spirit, as well as a disturbing trend of sexualization.
Kids today are often accused of being narcissistic, but they may be learning their exhibitionist ways from their parents.
And one of the easiest ways to get that validation is by looking hot. So it should come as no surprise that in this atmosphere, with the new technology available, sexting and sharing nudes have replaced other forms of intimacy.
And it’s girls—our daughters, granddaughters and nieces—who are most at risk in this online environment, which blends age-old sexism with a new notion of sexual liberation through being provocative.
I spent the past 2½ years researching my new book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, visiting 10 states and talking to more than 200 girls.
It was talking to girls themselves that brought me to the subject of social media and what sexualization is doing to their psyches. The tweens and teens I spoke to were often very troubled by the ways the culture of social media was exerting influence on their self-images and their relationships, with both friends and potential dating partners.