The talk of the town today: Kendall Jenner.
The 16-year-old aspiring model posted a photo on Twitter of herself in a bikini Monday night with the caption, “Miss summer! #Tan.” Her dad, Bruce Jenner, reportedly made her take it down.
If you’ve peeked over the shoulder of your teen on Facebook lately, you might notice what I’ve seen. Girls, in particular, seemed to be always posing for the camera: hair swept back, hand on hip, up against the wall with their head tilted back. In at least a few instances, I’ve seen middle schoolers in bikinis that left little to the imagination.
I’ve asked my teens, “What’s up with the posing?” Strangely, they think nothing of this vamping.
Randee Holder writes on the Motherlode blog that technology, particularly the smartphone camera, is affecting how adolescent girls conduct themselves in their actual, everyday lives. She writes: “Girls this age, who have felt pressured historically to look their best most of the time, suddenly seem to feel as if they need to look their best all of the time. In turn, always being “on” seems to lead some girls to pose for pictures that are oversexualized: pouting lips, lots of cleavage, short-shorts, crop tops that showcase a bare midriff. ”
She surmises: For Teenage Girls, Facebook (and Twitter) Means Always Being Camera-Ready.
You have a point there Randee. It seems like girls post these sexy pics of themselves on Facebook trolling for “Likes” to boost their self esteem. I guess we’re not doing a good job of teaching our girls their self worth is about more than social media feedback.
Parents, what do you think about teen girls posting bikini shots? Is there a difference if they’re just posting it for friends or making it public? Have you ever made your teen take down a photo?