The danger of 'am I pretty or ugly?' videos - Fox 2 News Headlines

The danger of 'am I pretty or ugly?' videos

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

"Am I pretty or ugly?" Young girls -- tweens and teens between 9 and 14 -- are posting videos on YouTube asking viewers whether they are pretty or ugly.

Ally Flynn, 14, knows all about these videos. Her mom does not, who said she thinks it is "totally ridiculous."

In these so-called p-o-u, as in pretty or ugly, videos online the viewer is encouraged to rate the young girl and the comments range from the kind to insulting, sexually explicit, and down-right creepy.

Dr. Jeff Gardere, a psychologist, said it can do some real damage to a tween's self-esteem, especially because the internet has some pretty mean people. He said such behavior is seen by some experts as another form of self-mutilation.

While it is human nature to want validation, Dr. Gardere said young women especially need to get friends and family to support their self-esteem -- not strangers on the Internet.

  • HealthMore>>

  • FDA Approves Blood Test to Aid Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes

    FDA Approves Blood Test to Aid Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes

    FDA Approves Blood Test to Aid Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes Type 1 diabetes blood test detects unique autoantibody (dailyRx News) While Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes share some traits, treatments for each condition...
    FDA Approves Blood Test to Aid Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes Type 1 diabetes blood test detects unique autoantibody (dailyRx News) While Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes share some traits, treatments for each...
  • Reversing Prediabetes May Be a Heart Saver

    Reversing Prediabetes May Be a Heart Saver

    Reversing Prediabetes May Be a Heart Saver Diabetes and heart disease risk drops in prediabetes patients who regain normal blood sugar (dailyRx News) Blood sugar levels that are high but not high...
    Reversing Prediabetes May Be a Heart Saver Diabetes and heart disease risk drops in prediabetes patients who regain normal blood sugar (dailyRx News) Blood sugar levels that are high but not high enough to...
  • Do you have a soul mate?

    Do you have a soul mate?

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-08-27 02:25:51 GMT
    Fox 5 found that romance is almost completely alive and well in Harlem. The notion of one a soul mate, your better half, the one and only is thriving. Maybe have Cinderella or rather reality television to thank for this notion.Sadly, new research shows if you believe your partner is your soul mate your expectations may be to high when times get tough.
    Fox 5 found that romance is almost completely alive and well in Harlem. The notion of one a soul mate, your better half, the one and only is thriving. Maybe have Cinderella or rather reality television to thank for this notion.Sadly, new research shows if you believe your partner is your soul mate your expectations may be to high when times get tough.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices