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Instagram: The Beauty Guru For Kids

What about creating a school subject, which teaches kids that there is no point in rushing to grow up? Aging is inevitable for everyone anyway. How about giving kids a weekly assignment of a 1000-word-long essay. ‘The perks of acting and looking in accordance with my real age’ could be the topic. Maybe just then they will understand that putting seven different layers of makeup, or growing nails longer than their fingers just does not look natural on them. …Or perhaps this is what comes with the package of a brand new kid

How Old Are You?

We have all spent hours going through the Instagram Explore feed, haven’t we? Recently I have been encountering more and more posts which seemed quite disturbing and…wrong. Is there anything wrong in the first place though? Or am I the old-fashioned one here? Take a look at this beautiful girl and try to guess her age. Unless you already know it.

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Last day of school 🍎

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Alabama Barker was born to a family of a musician and a former Miss USA. She even makes music herself. Looking at her 300k followers on Instagram, one cannot help but notice she is quite popular. Which is great. However, she is also 12. And why has she posted a buttocks-focused photo with a caption “Last day of school” anyway?

As far as I remember, 10 years ago being 12 meant writing a girly diary and my mother choosing my #OOTD (which wasn’t always the best idea).

Dyed hair, long nails, make-up… Why is it that Alabama, and many other girls her age, resemble a grown-up woman more than I do? Is it a responsibility imposed by fame? Or the need for attention, to stand out? Is it society’s rules for brand new kids today? Or is it just an Instagram “rule”?

 

“Make-Up Is For Girls” Is An Outdated Statement

You must have heard of/seen the boy who comes next in this post. His name is Jack and he became an Internet sensation at the age of 10, thanks to…his makeup skills. Ten years ago, boys were watching Ben 10 on Cartoon Network. Today they do their makeup better than girls. This is how it is, sorry girls! Can anyone resist the temptation of blaming the Internet for this? But is there a blame? Is it even bad? Or is this how things are supposed to be when you are a brand new kid? After all, Jack and kids like him are just expressing their true selves. No one can blame them for this. The rest of us can only observe these trends and write blog posts about it.

 

Mom, I Want to Be A Model When I Grow Up

Kristina Pimenova is another name, suitable for this post. Not in terms of the make-up issue. But she is another example of a kid star whose light is sustained by the Internet. She was born to a Russian family of a soccer player and a model. Her modelling career began before she had even turned four. Her mother sent Kristina’s photos to President Kids – a Russian children model agency. The Internet has been spreading her tremendous popularity ever since. She is 13 now and with 2.3 million followers on Instagram. She is also an example of how today’s kids don’t even have to wait to grow up to pursue their dream career. This makes her another brand new kid on the list.

 

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Don’t Do Social Media At Home Kids

It is no secret that Instagram has its own ways of spreading a ‘beauty’ standard which its users feel obliged to fulfil in order to be ‘accepted’. The platform conveys sometimes dangerous messages.

RSPH and YHM (Young Health Movement) conducted the #StatusOfMind study among 1500 14-to-24-year-old young people. The topic was the positive and negative aspects of social media on young people’s health. The results: Instagram and Snapchat have the worst effect, causing anxiety, depression, loneliness and body-image concerns.

Imagine the confusion a kid would experience when it runs into some of the above-mentioned accounts. “Why don’t I look like her?”, “Why can’t I wear this much make-up?”, “I want to do this too”. And not necessarily accounts like these. Instagram provides a wide variety of beauty content for its users to learn from anyway.

To sum up, children waste their childhood longing to be older. We have all done it in a sense. I used to wear my mom’s high-heels and dresses while she was at work. There was no Instagram to tell me to do so. However, its presence  today makes the process way more intense, harsh and merciless. The Internet (especially social media) keeps on planting the roots of its beauty standards, digging deeper and deeper into children’s minds from an early age. It is definitely not easy to be a brand new kid.

 

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