Let’s be honest. Growing up in 2020 is a vastly different experience than it was 20 years ago. A tremendous cultural transformation has occurred in just a few short years with the acceleration of smartphone, tablet and media use beyond what has ever been seen before.
Within the unique environment of various social media platforms, posting selfies has become a common practice for adults and media connected youth alike. While there are countless reasons a person may post a selfie, recent research offers some valuable insights into the psychology of selfies and actionable recommendations for care takers.
Why do people take selfies? Are selfies taken in excess? What can parents and caretakers do to preserve their child’s healthy self image? All these questions and more are answered in the summer issue of MASK the Magazine. This issue dedicates 88 pages to the Healthy Selfie, from fueling to fitness: how you can guide your child to make healthy choices in a digital world.
As parents, we are always playing a balancing act. Whether it’s with our finances, our time or our work, we’re constantly trying to even things out. But one of the most important things to keep in check is our children’s relationship with nutritious eating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This can be especially challenging in this often-times unhealthy digital world.
Teaching children to love themselves and how they look is an essential tool in helping them develop a healthy sense of self and positive body image. Understanding health and wellness, talking about body shapes and sizes, and developing a healthy image are all steps for children to learn in order to feel good about themselves. “A healthy sense of self, starts with understanding and accepting that we all come in different shapes, sizes and colors,” says Dr. Shefali Gandhi, a licensed psychologist in Scottsdale, Arizona. “Acceptance that is modeled by parents and guardians is key, as is limiting exposure to negative content about body image. Limiting their exposure to media or making sure that we, as parents, are keeping reservations about our own body image to ourselves is a good place to start modeling healthy body image.” Whether you have a Pre-k, elementary, junior high, high school or college student, Dr. Gandhi offers an age-appropriate guide on teaching our children that feeling good about themselves will help them feel more successful overall.
MASK The Magazine‘s Healthy Selfie issue is filled with timely and trending information – from the craze of wax pens that is tempting kids to need-to-knows on health, prevention and connection. From cover to cover, this award-winning publication is packed with parenting advice from medical doctors, clinical psychologists, professors and professionals, as well as moms, dads and high school students.