The danger of 'am I pretty or ugly?' videos - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

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>>

  • Many Seniors Had Multiple Chronic Illnesses

    Many Seniors Had Multiple Chronic Illnesses

    Many Seniors Had Multiple Chronic Illnesses Life expectancy decreased with diagnosis of each additional condition (dailyRx News) Many older Americans deal with more than one serious medical condition at a time. New...
    Many Seniors Had Multiple Chronic Illnesses Life expectancy decreased with diagnosis of each additional condition (dailyRx News) Many older Americans deal with more than one serious medical condition at a...
  • Irregular Shift Work May Be Linked to Diabetes

    Irregular Shift Work May Be Linked to Diabetes

    Irregular Shift Work May Be Linked to Diabetes Diabetes risk increased especially in men who worked rotating or night shifts (dailyRx News) People who work the graveyard shift may have bigger health problems to...
    Irregular Shift Work May Be Linked to Diabetes Diabetes risk increased especially in men who worked rotating or night shifts (dailyRx News) People who work the graveyard shift may have bigger health...
  • Diabetes Patients May Face Higher Risk of Head, Neck Cancers

    Diabetes Patients May Face Higher Risk of Head, Neck Cancers

    Diabetes Patients May Face Higher Risk of Head, Neck Cancers Head and neck cancers were more common in diabetes patients in recent study (dailyRx News) Diabetes is known to increase many health risks like heart...
    Diabetes Patients May Face Higher Risk of Head, Neck Cancers Head and neck cancers were more common in diabetes patients in recent study (dailyRx News) Diabetes is known to increase many health risks like...
Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

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