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Lights, camera, action everywhere in the selfies scenario

AS A child my father owned a Super 8 camera.

This hand-held video camera would result in reels and reels of tiny tape cut and spliced together to form an endless night of entertainment.

The whole family would sit together to watch scenery from our family vacations, learn to ride a bike attempts or kids hanging upside down on the Hills Hoist.

As I got older and the Super 8 got superseded, the whole family would instead sit together to watch Funniest Home Videos.

Often this too included the occasional learn to ride a bike attempts or kids hanging upside down on the Hills Hoist, but with more cringe-worthy results.

Is this where the current trend of video selfies started?

YouTube and Instagram allow your recordings, on whatever topic you like, to be viewed by anyone anywhere in the world.

Mobile phones these days make the opportunities even easier. GoPros, selfie sticks and dash cams are everywhere.

As a mother of teens I have stood at the skate park endlessly catching footage as they attempted their latest "tricks".

Half the household spent their time during the recent visit by Cyclone Marcia taking footage through the house windows.

I really do understand those wanting to record their great feats and special events.

Even the GoPro website has the words "This is your life, Be a Hero."

But it seems not everyone is that heroic... and it is not just Big Brother watching. It could be anyone with an iPhone.

We already know CCTV footage is often used to help catch a criminal.

There was a story in The Morning Bulletin last week about a man caught by police who had filmed himself travelling at 190kmh down the Mt Morgan Range.

Police in the UK have been reported asking for dash cam videos to catch bad drivers, and I've heard of a number of people in this region who have taken their own footage to police following a "close call".

So when you are posting your great footage online and sharing it with the world, just think about what you are doing and where in the world it could end up.

You don't want it to be a court room.

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