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Children as young as four encouraged to use online selfie apps to appear

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Children as young as four are being encouraged to manipulate their images to be more beautiful through online selfie apps and games which have been condemned as “abhorrent” and damaging to young people’s mental health.FaceTune apps, among the top ranked last year on the Apple store and advertised as suitable for children 4+, enable users to enlarge their eyes, thin their noses and supersize their lips.Games which challenge girls to beautify their image and dress up for a “dream date” were found by researchers to undermine eight and nine-year old girls’ body confidence and self-worth after just 10 minutes playing.Dr Amy Slater, deputy director of the University of West of England’s Centre for Appearance Research who conducted the study, said such gamification of appearance was “abhorrent” and left children feeling they did not measure up to an unattainable ideal image.“These firms are profiting financially off appearance concerns and insecurities,” she said.Dr Jon Goldin, vice chair of the adolescent and child faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “These apps would seem to reinforce and indeed amplify children’s anxieties about how they look, which is reprehensible in my view and detrimental to young people’s mental health.  “Young people have enough challenges and stresses, including about their appearance, without adults designing commercial apps to profit from these and exacerbate their difficulties.”FaceTune and FaceTune2, together downloaded more than 50m times, are two of the most popular among hundreds of “beautification” apps that have exploded on the internet in the past five years.The FaceTune app, available for free on the app store with the 4+ rating, was recently advertised on Instagram with a before and after image of a girl whose nose had been shrunk, captioned “Ever wonder why your friends’ selfies look so good?”The technology of FaceTune2 is now so sophisticated users can use a live-editing tool to tweak their faces before snapping a selfie. Dr Slater said one of the key drivers was celebrity culture.Kylie Jenner’s Instagram filter, launched this this summer to coincide with her cosmetics business hitting almost $1bn in value, allows users to virtually wear seven of her lip colours.“The filter also softly blurs your face, defines and darkens your lashes and adds some serious Kardashian contouring to make for a selfie you’re going to want to post,” drooled Bazaar in a review. read more

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VELUX EHF FINAL4 2013 4000 tickets already sold

Just one week after THW Kiel lifted the VELUX EHF Champions League trophy in a sold-out LAXNESS arena, EHF Marketing GmbH, the event organiser has confirmed that 4,000 tickets have already been sold for the 2013 weekend.Tickets went on sale on the opening day of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 weekend and fans have been quick to secure their places after the 2012 weekend sold-out ahead of the completion of the Group Phase matches.With a capacity of 20,000 spectators in the LANXESS arena, Cologne, 20 percent of available tickets have already been sold before the first match of the new 2012/13 season has even thrown off. Category 1 tickets in particular have proven popular with fans wanting to be sure of a good seat in 2013.VELUX EHF FINAL4 organisers estimate that up to 50,000 tickets could have been sold for the 2012 event and are expecting high demand as the VELUX EHF FINAL4 returns to Cologne on 1 and 2 June 2013.Peter Vargo, Managing Director of EHF Marketing, said: “The VELUX EHF FINAL4 has become more than just a handball event, with its mix of top-class handball and spectacular entertainment, it is the one event every fan has to be at. On the back of this year’s huge success, we’re expecting tickets to sell quickly over the next few weeks.”Tickets for the VELUX EHF FINAL4 will be available priced at: € 240 (Category 1), € 180 (Category 2), € 120 (Category 3) and € 60 (Category 4). Tickets are available in the VELUX EHF FINAL4 Online Ticket Shop at ehfFINAL4.com and also via the ticket hotline: +49 221 280 288.TEXT: EHF ← Previous Story Andrade and Cutura to Benfica? Next Story → Barcelona wins 19th title in Spain! CologneEHF F4 read more

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