“A cool selfie can cost you your life!”
And if you don’t believe it, read the brochure created by the Russian interior ministry, following a spate of fatal accidents whilst taking selfies.
We too advocate ‘safe selfies’ and wanted to share with you some of our own stay safe tips.
1. Beware the teeth
We have all seen Jaws, and realise teeth rarely mix well with fingers. If you have to handle fish or animals make sure they don’t have the capacity or indeed the propensity to chomp!
2. Watch out for cars
If you just can’t resist taking a selfie, make sure you are at the side of the road, rather than in the middle of it.
3. Use another pair of hands
If you are on your own – most likely – you will find more often than not, people are only too willing to help you out with your digital manifestation of narcissism.
4. Stay safe
If you’ve found a view to die for, please don’t! Know your surroundings and make sure you have a firm footing at all times.
5. Be prepared
Our northern European friends will know only too well that the weather can change in a blink of an eye. However, don’t let it spoil a good selfie.
6. Protect yourself
You just never know when your portable gas mask may save your life and selfie. Keep it on you at all times.
7. Use a disguise
Know that your boss and company are snooping on you via social media, so be prepared to use a disguise to throw them off your scent.
8. Make use of a timer
A timer will help you capture the special moments in life.
9. Utilise facial hair
Don’t wait for Movember for an excuse to grow man hair. Goodbye baby face, hello Iron John.
10. Protect your eyes
Don’t forget your shades, they not only protect your eyes but look cool. Wear them at all times, even in nightclubs!
11. Put down the beer
Beer and selfies can be a recipe for great memorable shots, but equally, they can be a recipe for disasters. Drink safely, snap happily.
Don’t forget to smile. It gives your face a workout, releases endorphins (happy chemicals), and it creates a more attractive selfie. Your grandmother will love it!
13. Use a pro
You may not be the next Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mario Testino, or Rankin, but you can certainly learn from the professionals.
14. Stay energised
Hardcore celebrity Instagrammers such as Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian may well testify that digital narcissism is hard work, so please make sure you take an adequate amount of liquid on board to last you through the duration of your selfie marathon.
15. Ask your mum
There is not a single thing that a mum can’t do, so get them involved in your little selfie! Mum’s can be selfie heroes, if only for one day.
By N Bowles, published on blog.parkinn.com