Tuesday 21 November 2017

App that makes children look 'prettier with a slimmer face and bigger eyes' slammed

Slim Booth App
Slim Booth App
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

An iPhone app which alters photos of children to make their faces ‘prettier’ has come under fire by children’s charities.

The Slim Booth app, which uses altered pictures of a child’s face in its advertisement, can be used to narrow the face and change the shape of a person’s eyes.

The app’s description on the iTunes store reads: “Do you wonder if you'd also look prettier or more handsome with a slimmer face and bigger eyes? What about your school mates? No need to go for any plastic surgery and it saves money and time!”

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) have spoken out against the app, saying that it could cause young people anxiety and stress.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Mail, ISPCC director of services Caroline O’Sullivan said: “Apps and games which can undermine the confidence of children through encouraging the idea that their appearance could or should be changed, or to fit in with the artificial ‘norm’, are not beneficial.”

“Children are being thrust into the adult ideals of physical attractiveness, being portrayed as ‘mini-adults’ and being denied the innocence of childhood.”

Claude Knights, chief executive for UK children's charity Kidscape, told the Daily Mail: “The manner in which this app is marketed is very disturbing.”

“Using a child in before and after pictures and implying that a slimmed down version of their face would make them look more attractive sends out very worrying messages.”

Dim Dim Sum, the makers of the app, have been contacted for comment.

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