Plastic surgery apps may affect your child's body image

The formative years shape the adult mind. None more so than when it comes to body image.

This week, British-based lobby group Endangered Bodies gathered more than 20 000 signatures on an online petition calling for an end to cosmetic surgery apps aimed at children.

Some medical experts agree plastic surgery apps easily accessible on smartphones have a negative impact on children.

Speaking to Phemelo Motene, creative parenting expert Nikki Bush explains why parents should be aware of the fact that they are not the only ones shaping their children’s body image.

It really boils down to how are we talking to our children about their bodies.

Nikki Bush, creative parenting expert

Plastic surgery at face value is really something that should be in the adult domain, unless there is some disfigurement of your child, major burns, cleft palates...but on the whole we need to teach our children that their bodies are a work in progress.

Nikki Bush, creative parenting expert

We need to allow bodies to settle and it takes abut 20 years for them to settle.

Nikki Bush, creative parenting expert

On dealing with issues of body image and speaking to children who are ridiculed, Bush says parents need to use their words carefully and be cognisant of how their own body image.

We have to teach our children to value themselves and integrate both the inner and outer beauty.

Nikki Bush, creative parenting expert

If we have an issue with our own body image perhaps we need to get some help, and the words that we use with our children are important.

Nikki Bush, creative parenting expert

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