Caught ‘self-papping’? The Selfie Police will be on your case soon!


This week, I’m blogging about a new charity campaign launched on the back of the rise of the ‘selfie’. The campaign asks people to donate a dollar for every ‘selfie’ image they post online. If you are an avid ‘self-photographer’, you might find out more about this sooner than later…

The #selfiepolice campaign encourages people to donate a dollar for each of their own selfies posted online, and then police their own social media platforms by calling out others to do the same.

The Selfie Police – set up by independent students, in association with The Tyler Robinson Foundation – raises money for Vittana, an innovative organisation dedicated to fighting world poverty, by providing student loans to college-aged children in third world countries.

The selfie has risen in fame in recent times, with Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Madonna all serial uploaders of selfies. The Obama children were also spotted posing into their mobile phones at their father’s second inauguration, and astronaut Steve Robinson even took a photo of himself during his repair of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The word ”selfie” has now made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, winning Word of the Year in 2013, such is its rise to prominence

The movement even cites serial ‘offenders’ on its site, such as Beyoncé and Michelle Obama, donning them as ‘most wanted’, calling for their ‘overdue’ selfie dollars.

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 15.37.30With teenagers in America sharing more information than ever about themselves on social media – according to recent findings from the Pew Research Centre – the selfie seems here to stay.

As the charity says: “While the #selfiepolice is a fun way to bother your friends and excuse your vanity, the cause is by all means worthwhile. It is our hope that we can create a culture of people who think of others, even when obsessing over themselves.”

Indeed, while the campaign is light-hearted in its approach, the potential consequences of its work could be life-changing for those benefiting.

By using social media as the main driver for donations, the Selfie Police not only allows for committed advocates to openly take part, it also encourages them to call out those ‘guilty‘ of such an offense. By adopting this approach, the campaign has enabled itself to grow from strength to strength, as those caught out will certainly want to find others doing the same.

If you’re an avid poster of selfies, or you know people that are, don’t be afraid to call them out. It’s all a great bit of fun and contributes to a fantastic cause.

You can follow the Selfie Police campaign on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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