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Student Wellbeing Program A Review

Generation Next ‘s first Student and Youth Wellbeing Program of 2019 was a huge success. The beautiful creative confines of the Casula Powerhouse Performing Arts Centre provided a backdrop for a day of wellbeing education. It wasn’t just the excellent students from local schools that got to participate, but also more than ten thousand teens [...]

Selfie Deaths Outnumber Deaths From Shark Attacks Since 2013

Extreme selfie poseur, Kirill Oreshkin (still alive). The Russian government has launched a campaign against such dangerous photographs, which has led to the deaths of others. Photo: Facebook Which of these is more likely to kill you: a shark or a photograph? At least 11 people have died this year while trying to [...]

Demand for Better Selfies Prompts Rise in US Plastic Surgery Requests

Dental hygienist Jennifer Reynolds was always self-conscious about her looks, never took selfies and felt uncomfortable being tagged in photographs posted on social media. The 34-year-old from Costa Rica who lives in New York opted for plastic surgery on her nose and now feels ready for prime time on social media."I definitely feel more comfortable [...]

Are selfies sparking more plastic surgery?

After being crowned word of the year in 2013, it was only a matter of time until ‘selfie’ became a business opportunity. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, selfies are behind a boom in young people (well, young people in the United States anyway) seeking plastic [...]

#selfies – you are worth more than the sum total of your ‘likes’

I was somewhat disappointed by last Monday night’s Australian Story, on the ‘selfie’ phenomenon. The thirty minutes were more about Olympia and her arty family than about the posturing culture, which is the current fad in teenage hood. I was however, intrigued by Olympia’s reflections of this ‘selfie’ culture, “We’re faking it, so that we [...]

What’s in a selfie? A high school student tells us

If social media only caused narcissism, it wouldn't be the worst thing. Instagram and Facebook are social networks that not only breed narcissistic tendencies but transform relations into a sexual rat race. On these ubiquitous portals, the popularity of girls is hotly contested over one big deal: how sexy can I appear and bring it [...]


Young girls are sharing their self-taken snaps - known as "selfies" - on the photo-sharing website Instagram to compete in pop-up beauty contests on the site. Adolescent girls – some as young as 10-years-old - upload their photographs with hashtags like #instabeautypageantawards or #instabeautypageant and are willing and ready to be judged on their pictures. [...]

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