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Am I pretty? Ask Instagram

  • Girls posting self portraits to compete for feedback in virtual beauty pageants
  • How would you react if you found your daughter was doing this?
  • Girls turning to Instagram for validation

Girls as young as 7 are using social networking site, Instagram, to ask, "Am I pretty?"

We chose to blur their faces because of their age. But what we found is a virtual popularity contest based on your looks. The winners get compliments about how pretty they are and the losers a big red "x." Talk about a blow to your self esteem. 

How do we keep our girls from searching for validation online? The Moms Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gertsein, TV personality Kim Gravel and Christi Paul join us for this conversation.

For more conversations like this, watch Raising America every week day at 12 p.m. ET on HLN. And be sure to tweet @KyraHLN with the #RaisingAmerica hashtag or leave your thoughts on



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