Practise safe selfies: Don't shoot your self(ie)

Selfies. (Twitter)

Selfies. (Twitter)

The act of taking a picture of oneself using a mobile phone has led to some people losing their lives. 

Everyday Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are flooded with selfies of people in beautiful and dangerous places all over the world. Recently a 19-year-old Houston man died after accidentally shooting himself while taking selfies and holding a gun, police said. 

Deleon Alonso Smith accidentally killed himself ahead of starting community college. According to reports, the gun blast hit Smith in the throat, which left family members shocked. Investigators have stated that Smith found a gun and had been taking pictures of himself and a cousin holding the weapon, and posting them online, when the gun discharged. It is reported that Smith’s cousin was in another room when the gun went off.

Let’s take a look at some of the selfies taken at dangerous places:

Let’s try to refrain from taking dangerous selfies. Here are five tips: 

1. Don’t take selfies while driving. 

2. Don’t take selfies while climbing, be smart. 

3. Avoid using dangerous objects when taking a selfie. 

4. Stay away from dangerous animals when taking a selfie.

 5. Look out for cars on the road when taking a selfie.

Lastly, take a look at this video to see some of the most dangerous selfies ever:

Sthembiso Sithole

Sthembiso Sithole

Sthembiso Sithole is a social media specialist. He recently studied BA Honours in Journalism and Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2014, he obtained his journalism qualification at Tshwane University of Technology. He has achieved so much, and there are tons more he dreams of accomplishing. He has written for The Star, was a blogger for JournTau, worked at SABC as a Digital News Producer and was formerly the Mail & Guardian's social media editor. Read more from Sthembiso Sithole

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