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Preteen fashion bloggers?
As if we don't have enough lolitas in Hollywood now we also have to deal with lolita fashion bloggers...
Tavi Gevinson posts fashion-inspired photos of herself on her blog
"Style Rookie". She's part of a young generation of fashion bloggers
who display pictures of their outfits for all the world to see.
I've been really interested in fashion, and I like to make binders and
slide shows of `high-fashion' modelling and designs."
many of us she's in a world where she doesn't belong. Privacy and
predators are just two of the major reasons why we should be concerned,
but also because the fashion industry's problems with anorexia, bulimia, drugs and self-abuse are well-documented and its not something children should be exposing themselves to at a young age.
exposure concerns advocates like Parry Aftab, a lawyer who runs the
online protection site WiredSafety.org. "Parents have no idea what
their kids are doing online," Aftab says. "Most parents have no idea
what a blog is."
Concerns about Internet safety for children
have been fueled by such tragedies as the 2006 suicide of 13-year-old
Megan Meier in Missouri. She hanged herself after receiving nasty
online comments from a MySpace friend that turned out to be the fake
creation of two acquaintances and a neighbour.
United States federal government requires extra protection for Internet
users who are younger than 13, not every website follows the Children's
Online Privacy Protection Act.
Some young bloggers are taking
their own steps to protect their privacy such as cropping their faces
and keeping their identity a secret. Doing so is a safety necessity for
the young bloggers because it's a chance to keep track of their
obsession, with input from friends or other fashion fans.
blog "Style Rookie" went from a non-issue to a problem when in late
July, New York magazine's fashion blog questioned Tavi's age,
dissecting her precocious fashion sense and sophisticated taste in
music. The resulting comments ranged from suspicious to nasty, with one
reader claiming, "Anyone who actually believes she is [really] 12 is an
absolute idoit (sic)."
The Gevinsons were asleep at their vacation house in Michigan when Tavi checked her email and found the post.
next night, "She woke up, and again woke us up, and said – and this is
really heartbreaking – `I just woke up crying and I don't even know why
I'm crying.'... She slept in the bed with us that night to get back to
sleep," Gevinson says.
Such negative responses are another
reason children should be hesitant about blogging. Children are very
impressionable and the nasty responses they receive can be a major blow
to their psyche.
But Gevinson thinks kids like Tavi are stronger
than parents believe. "I have a lot of confidence in her and in most
kids, if not all kids, that they can figure it out if they have good
guidance and caring people working with them," he says.
Tavi, after taking a short break in the wake of the attention, has returned to blogging with her father's blessing.
much rather have her decide to stop if she's going to stop than to tell
her to stop," Gevinson says. "She'll grow out of it – maybe, maybe not."
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