Parents regularly insist on taking family photos even though teenagers generally detest posing for them. Now for the “nose cover.” This method has been used by Zoomer generation members like Venezuela Fury and her cousin Valentino to cover their midfaces and placate their parents to some extent.
Parent Michelle Harris talked about her experience, mentioning that she asked her son about his resistance after making multiple tries to get the ideal family portrait. “After making multiple attempts to capture the ideal family Christmas photo, I turned to my teenager and at last inquired, ‘Why?'” Is everything in order? She went on. “Why won’t you appear in family pictures as the cute boy you used to be?” Then came the real whopper. “Are you being harassed?”
The teen’s response on his nose cover in the photos was rather eye-opening
To her surprise, he responded, “No, but I will be if you post pictures of me online without my consent!” It turns out that teens, being highly active online, often seek out embarrassing photos of their peers for playful teasing. Covering their faces helps them avoid potential embarrassment.
Like get tf out
“As parents, we want to capture it all,” Harris said. “Their first step, every tooth, the braces, the spots. And then we proudly post in our online social circles mindlessly without stopping to think how damaging this can be to our youngsters within their own online social groups.”
While it’s a normal part of growing up, the nose cover trend is concerning
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While parents may want to capture every milestone and proudly share them online, experts like parenting expert Amanda Jenner attribute this emerging trend to teenagers navigating their awkward phases. Such as dealing with acne and not fully embracing their appearance. Jenner emphasizes that this phase is a normal part of growing up. Where establishing personal boundaries and seeking independence are crucial developmental milestones.
The online landscape, however, can be challenging for teens. Particularly when unfiltered or unedited photos end up on a parent’s social media feed. The “nose cover” becomes a compromise, allowing teens to be in the photo and make their parents happy while still maintaining a level of autonomy. “It’s very sad that we can’t share and be proud of family photos. But unfortunately this is the way it is today.” Jenner said.
Photos were placed in albums and previously forgotten
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Reflecting on the past, Harris recalls that photos were once tossed in albums and only viewed on special occasions. In today’s digital world, innocently changing a display picture could lead to photos being circulated in children’s digital spaces.
Harris suggests that perhaps parents should seek their teenagers’ consent and negotiate what can and cannot be posted online. Recognizing that sharing photos without permission may be uncomfortable for teenagers, just as it would be for adults.
“Perhaps we should be asking our teenagers for their consent. Additionally, making negotiations about what we can and can’t post.” Harris continued.” After all, I wouldn’t feel comfortable about a spotty photo of me being shared online either — would you?”
In summary, the nose cover trend isn’t going anywhere soon
In essence, the “nose cover” phenomenon is a response to the challenges of the digital age. Where the desire to document and share family moments clashes with teenagers’ need for privacy and control over their online images. As parenting practices evolve, finding a balance between capturing cherished memories and respecting teenagers’ boundaries becomes essential in fostering healthy relationships within the family.