Selfie – Yet another New App Parents Need to Know About?
Apologies in advance Parents. It seems there isn’t a week goes by where you don’t have to try to keep up to speed with yet another social media app your kids may start using. Ain’t technology great ☺. Well, my good Parents out there, the latest kid on the block in terms of Apps is Selfie. I hear you say what the *** is Selfie?
Well for those of you who don’t know what the term ‘Selfie’ means, I’d better start there. Cue, our friends of Wikipedia
‘A selfie is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone’ (smartphone).
And in our children and young people’s world ‘selfie’ is an everyday term for imagery they take of themselves and send to their friends and post out into the public domain.
Did you also know that in August 2013 the term ‘selfie’ also made its debut in Oxford Dictionaries Online’s quarterly update, where it is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website, reinforces the extent of it’s use to us adults doesn’t it?. Moving swiftly on..
So now we know the background to this Wayne, please tell us about this new App which our kids might perhaps start using. Ok. So in a nutshell, this new App Selfie, according to their website, allows users to ‘take selfies and have a little fun’. Users launch the App allowing their camera to start. They tap the screen and it captures the ‘selfie’. They then have 3 options to choose how long the selfie should last – 4 Hours, 3 Days or 2 Weeks.
Users also have the option from the App to view Selfies, which are expiring and also look at their friend’s selfies. Tip for Parents, keep having your conversations with your kids about who constitutes a ‘friend’. From playing with the App today it does not look like there is any sort of facility to share on the Selfie to other social network platforms such as Facebook or Twitter. This being the saving grace, that they can’t be sent. I predict this will change. ,If, but more likely, when the app becomes popular. Which will be soon. Will keep you posted.