Teenage girls sunbathing on beaches at the start of the Australian summer have been warned against the practice of painting their cell phone numbers on their backs to attract boys.
The stunt has been seen on at least two beaches in Sydney. The 14- and 15-year-old girls use blue zinc sunblock cream so that the impression of the number is left on their skin after tanning.
Child protection agencies are horrified. One spokeswoman said: “We’d never advise girls to broadcast their phone number on the internet or anywhere that could make them a target. They’re in their bikinis, showing off their bodies, objectifying themselves in a way that is, to my mind, a bit trashy.”
Local police commander, Dave Darcy, agreed. “To me it is risky, you have no control over who gets your number, it is merely inviting trouble,” he said.
by Andy Moreton
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