Jamie Oliver's teenage daughters are banned from taking selfies. Is it the right choice?

Chef and father to five, Jamie Oliver, has said he has banned his teenage girls from taking selfies.

Speaking on The Lifestyle News Hound podcast, the 42-year-old became concerned about the type of photos he saw the peers of his daughters uploading to social media sites, like Instagram.

“I’m going to generalise massively here, but from my observation so far, at 13 to 14 the kind of pictures girls are putting up, just from what I have seen, are split 50/50 – normal young girl and then this weird hybrid of, dare I say it, quite porno, sort of luscious, kind of pouty lips, pushing boobs out,” he told the hosts.

Pointing out that parents of today are the first to face these challenges of social media, he would be shocked if mums and dads knew their daughters were posting these images.

“I’m like, ‘Oh my god!’ I don’t even want to look at some of the things my daughter shows me.

“I’m like, ‘Really? Aren’t their parents all over that like a rash?’ We banned Daisy from doing selfies and mainly she doesn’t but a couple slip up.”


Oliver equally became concerned about the impact that social media was having on teenagers today, acting as a machine of self-validation.

“It’s a quick way to get some sort of – forgive me – pat on the back or love,” he said.

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With two teenage daughters, Poppy, 15, and Daisy, 14, the chef didn’t say how effective the ban was working for his family.

The ‘policing’ of selfies has caused division between members of the public, with some arguing it is a way for teenagers to take control of their identity and share it the way they want.

Of course, many are concerned about the effects the trend is having on their self-esteem and concerns for their privacy.

But, now over to you…What are your thoughts on ‘banning’ the selfie? Would you try Jamie Oliver’s rule?