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New Phone App Has Parents Concerned

CENTERVILLE -- New concern over a new cell phone app.

It's called "beauty mirror" and changes the features on your face.

We took the app to a local park, and showed parents as they watched their kids play.

"Oh, I just made it wider or fatter," said Pam Wessell.

Wessell shows us what it says her face could look like with a little touch-up.

"There's that compare button," Wessell said.

Add a little here, take a little from there, and of course, what every woman wants.

"It just smooths out your lines and wrinkles," said Wessell.

And after using it.

"I will say it doesn't do anything for my self image," said Wessell, "I have a daughter as well, and I don't think I would want her messing with it."

The concern is what the app tells you you should look like, and for me it says thinner cheeks, a thinner nose and higher eyebrows, could influence a girl's self esteem.

"My issue with this kind of thing is that it could tend to make people not accept the way they are," said Rita Rodgers.

Rodgers also tried the app out on her face.

"It can make you think oh my gosh I'm really chunky here and my chin is doing this my cheeks," said Rodgers.

She's comfortable with who she is, but worries about her 10-year-old granddaughter.

"If she were to do this she would tend to think I'm not ok and I need to do something to change myself," said Rodgers.

All parents fear the pressure from society to be something we're not is too much.

But those we spoke to hope young girls won't give in to it.

"They need to look inside to see what the real beauty is because that's just what the worlds telling them and what some app designer is telling them and not what they actually look like," said Wessell.

 
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