“Ugly App” Could Damage Teens’ Self Esteem
CBS News in Philadelphia recently turned to Temple University School of Social Work Assistant Professor Jonathan Singer when they needed an expert to comment on a new cellphone software application, or “app.”
The “Ugly App” allows users to take cellphone camera pics that software analyzes to determine whether a person is attractive or not.
It may sound like harmless fun but Singer, DSW, who is a National Association of Social Workers member and cyber bullying expert, said it could be harmful to teens.
He urged parents monitor how their children are using such apps.
“When you get a teenager who is so concerned about how other people see them to have a computer program that says you are ugly could be devastating,” Singer said.
To see the full news clip, click here.
UPDATE: Singer has also been featured in other news outlets on this subject.
To read what Singer had to say in a related story on WHYY, a public television and radio provider in southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey, click here.
Singer also offered advice to parents on how to deal with this issue in Time Magazine in March. To read that interview, click here.
And WRTI-FM talked to Singer in March about cyberbulling. You can listen to that conversation by clicking here.
Social workers often help young people overcome life’s hurdles. To learn more, visit NASW’s “Help Starts Here” Kids & Families Web page by clicking here.| Leave A Comment