BERLIN (dpa) – Posting a selfie need not reveal the full details of your private life, a German advice site for teens says.
Dumb selfies are like distributing free police mug-shots of yourself.
They can also reveal a lot of information about you, such as where you live and who lives with you.
That can turn into a problem for teenagers, who risk becoming a target of cyber-bullying from other teens.
The German website, handysektor.de, provides information to young adults on how to avoid common traps in mobile phone use.
“Safe” selfies, it says, can be taken by holding your phone at an odd angle such as at the side or above your face. That way, the image is no use to facial scanning software, but the image will still look great.
There are also several free apps that allow you to re-touch selfies so that predators and other strangers can’t read too much into them.
One makes you look like a cartoon character.