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Racy Pictures Online
09/03/2007 at 17:25 PM

I have a teen step daughter who is obsessed with photos of herself.

At first I just thought she took alot of pictures because she was bored etc, but over the summer I found exactly how many she is taking, and its alot! More alarming, there are several of them in very provacative poses, and lack of appropriate clothing. These photos where also posted online by her! All of this was unknown to my husband and I. She is also taking our camera to school to take pictures there. My husband thinks the camera at school is Ok, but I feel that school is to learn and she doesnt need to take our expensive camera there. If she lost it, or it got stolen, she can not pay to replace it. 

Her mother seems to think she has self esteem issues,but I am confused as to why a girls with low self esteem would take 100's of pictures of herself, and then post them online. Does this seem like low self esteem, or vanity and sexualy provacative?

Is this normal teen behavour?

Help please!!

Hey Katy,


Well, I would say that it could be low self-esteem because she is looking for attention for her body and not for her mind or personality.  First of all, I would make her remove the photos that are not appropriate from whereever they are posted.  I would also tell her that she will be grounded from the computer if she continues to post theses types of photos and I would check regularly.


I would encourage your husband to spend some quality time with his daughter, do a lot of things with her, just the two of them at this time in her life.  The more love and attention he shows her, the less she will look for that attention from boys.