Today’s Talking Point: Should more celebrities post unedited photos after the Khloe Kardashian controversy?
By now you’ve probably already seen the unedited picture of Khloe Kardashian that was accidentally posted online.
Her team swiftly attempted to remove the image from social media, as Khloe was allegedly unhappy with her appearance.
She has since defended her right to edit her own pictures, saying: “My body, my image and how I choose to look and what I want to share is my choice. It’s not for anyone to decide or judge what is acceptable or not anymore.”
She also cited the pressure of having to live up to societal beauty standards: “In truth, the pressure, constant ridicule and judgement my entire life to be perfect and to meet other’s standards of how I should look has been too much to bear.”
But do you think that more celebrities should feel encouraged and able to post their own unedited photos? Have your say below for the chance to be featured in tomorrow’s Talking Point.
Yesterday’s Talking Point: Should mobile phones be banned in schools?
Yesterday we asked whether mobile phones should be banned in schools, following comments from Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.
The majority of you agreed, at least to some extent.
Dot Chivers, who used to work in a school, said: “Oh my, they were the bane of my life even when I was still working 14 years ago! I imagine it must be 10 x worse now. Ban them from school altogether. If parents/carers need to contact kids do it via the switchboard and vice versa!”
But many pointed out the practicalities of having phones in schools, such as being able to contact parents. Drew Renhard said “Not totally but kids should be made to hand them over when they get there. That’s not totally a bad idea for teachers as well to be honest,” while Lorraine Geaney added: “Many going to high school have to travel quite a distance from home so a phone can keep them in touch for emergencies and safety but they should be on silent in school and confiscated if they break the rules.”
Most took this middle ground, suggesting that phones should be handed in at the start of lessons. Michael Carrington thought that they “definitely shouldn’t be allowed in classrooms,” while Louise Rovai explained that “my sons school allows phones but they have to be off during the school day. If they’re caught with them they’re confiscated til the end of term.” “Endofdays” and “dianataylorlondon” also pointed out that phones should be turned off.
“SJK,” meanwhile, nodded to the benefits of a less-technology heavy lifestyle. “We weren’t distracted in lessons, bored sometimes maybe, but not distracted by who was saying or doing what, where, when or with whom. We lived in the present, experiences for real and in person, looked friends and family in the eye and participated in life rather than living it through technology.”
But Carly Smythe pointed out that pupils should be taught how to effectively manage their own phone use: “In the real world, pupils will have to manage their time and distractions. Schools are places where we prepare them for the real world so banning phones makes little sense; we should be teaching boundaries and appropriate use.”
And Matthew Eagon suggested that schools should be able to judge appropriate rules for themselves: “Schools are not all the same - what’s right in one place isn’t right somewhere else. My old rural school with lots of after school clubs would struggle without phones because kids need to contact parents to discuss pick up times (no other way to get home - no public transport!) The school I currently lead has 99% of students able to walk to and from school, so that rationale is not so valid. My current school has a group of young carers who manage almost everything at home.”
“My general principle - ban them from the parts of the day you think appropriate.”