It’s natural for a little girl or boy to see a brightly colored gaming app and instantly want to play it. Bright colors grab a child’s attention, which is why cartoons are so popular with kids.
While appealing colors are beneficial to children when apps teach skills like alphabet and math, it can be a risk when it teaches them that bodies and faces should be changed when there is a flaw.
Our Thoughts Concerning Plastic Surgery Apps for Children
As cosmetic and plastic surgeons in New York City and Long Island, we want people to have the opportunity to seek plastic surgery when they want to improve the look of their body or face. What we don’t want is for children to grow up thinking they will need to have it someday.
Every child deserves to feel good about him or herself. Everyone is an individual, and individual differences are what make this world so wonderful. When apps teach children that eyes can be lifted, cheeks can be rounder, and noses can be changed in any way they wish, we’re setting children up to scrutinize themselves.
We’re not the only ones who believe plastic surgery apps are harmful to children. Samantha DeCaro, Psy.D. from the Renfrew Center, a treatment center for eating disorders, says:
“When they are turning to these games, they are getting the message that appearance is the most important quality and it’s just not true. When they are receiving constant message[s] that their identity is really about how they look, they miss out on identifying other strengths like their intelligence, their sense of humor, creativity. Those should be building blocks of identity, of self esteem.”
What Parents Can Do to Help
Parents can help children avoid the negative effects of plastic surgery apps by making sure to spend time with their children when using a mobile device. See what they are playing, and guide them toward an app that will nurture their mind, body, and soul.
Parents can also teach children which apps aren’t wise to play. Pointing out the types of apps, and the reason they shouldn’t play them will teach children how to make good selections on their own. When they become pre-teens, they will be less likely to choose plastic surgery apps that send the wrong messages about what their body “should” look like.
We are experienced cosmetic and plastic surgeons in New York City and Long Island. Please contact us if you are interested in a free consultation. We have openings Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and until 6:00 PM on Saturdays.