You’re in the car with your 9-year-old and her precociously tech-savvy friend.
The lip-synching app TikTok has just surpassed Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat as the most downloaded app in the world, following a recent buy-out and re-brand. There are now 500 million more reasons for parents to worry.
Kids are now sharing naked photos online as young as 11 and 12 - and so-called “porn pressure” is a likely reason why, say experts.
“As a former police officer of twenty-two years and undercover internet detective, as well as a father, I am uniquely qualified and passionate about informing parents of the online risks to their children. I’ve arrested over a thousand people for criminal offences. For most of my sixteen years as a detective, I investigated adult people who were looking to seriously harm or abuse children.”
Digital enhancement filters that plump lips and narrow noses are cheaper and a lot less risky than surgery or injectables. But there's now a weird synergy between the two phenomena, with social media driving the demand for physical perfection among members of Generation Selfie.