What is the yearbook trend all about?
Social media users can't get around the hashtag "yearbook" at the moment. Numerous users are sharing pictures of themselves that appear to be from the 1990s and 2000s. However, these do not really show their younger selves. The images were created with the app "Epik - AI Photo Editor". This uses artificial intelligence to generate 60 "yearbook photos" from around ten selfies, which are reminiscent of the graduation books from the old days.
Why is this trend problematic?
Young people in particular like to follow current trends. That may be one reason why young people who weren't even born in that decade are presenting themselves on the web in the 90s look.
The Yearbook trend comes at a price. It's true that downloading the app is free for now. To get the yearbook images, however, users have to invest just under 10 euros. Such in-app purchases can quickly become a cost trap, especially for children and young people.
In addition, some users do not realize that the images are artificially generated and do not show the real photos of the people.
What should parents keep in mind?
- Talk to your child about making sense of social media trends and keep an eye on what images your child shares on social media or uploads to AI tools.
- Artificial intelligence is a rapidly evolving technology that is here to stay. Explain to your child how AI works and the possibilities and risks involved (deepfakes, deepnudes).
- Make sure that in-app purchases are deactivated on your child's smartphone.
- Make sure your child understands that data uploaded to the Internet can no longer be deleted.