According to recent news reports, an increasing number of people are losing their lives to get that ‘hey-look-at-me’ selfie. Tragically, people have accidentally fallen from cliffs, train roofs, been hit by trains, touched live wires, wrecked cars, and detonated guns and grenades while taking selfies. Some serious thoughts on this dangerous craze.
While you may assume your child would never attempt to take a selfie in a dangerous—even stupid—situation, don’t be so certain. Kids (and adults!) are proving each day and in very public ways that common sense isn’t always front-of-mind when the creative urge to take that unique, adventurous selfie hits. So obvious are the pitfalls of selfies-gone-wrong that public warning signs are being posted to remind the public that taking risky selfies can be dangerous.
So concerned about the issue, the Russian government recently launched a Safe Selfie campaign to address the issue. The Russian Interior Ministry released a brochure warning that sefies could “cost you your life,” and to take precautions with ledges, dangerous animals, trains, live wires, and weapons.
In the name of safety, destinations such as Wimbledon, Disney World, Six Flags, National Gallery of London, and large national parks and music, sporting, and conference venues have banned the selfie stick.
Following are few press reports:
- A 16-year-old boy was killed by a passenger train while taking a selfie with the approaching train in Chennai, India. The teen reportedly walked in front of the train and waited for it to come closer before taking the photo.
- A college student died after drowning in Waldevi dam in Nashik, Maharashtra, India, while taking a ‘selfie’ and his friend who jumped into the water to save him died too.
- Three students of Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences drowned after falling in an irrigation canal in Hulivana village, 180 km from Bengaluru, India, reportedly while they were clicking selfies.
These are only few incidents. There were reports of a number of fatal and non-fatal accidents reported while taking selfie in the last two years.
Who invented Selfie ?
(Read the full part of this article in the March issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2016)