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In Russia a "safe selfie" campaign has been launched by the government.

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The campaign to make young people think twice before snapping selfies in dangerous situations has been launched by the Russian government. This Safe Selfie campaign is a response to it many incidents in which youngsters have been seriously injured or in some cases killed, while trying to take pictures of themselves. The campaign's motto is "even a million likes on social media are not worth your life and well-being".

Izvestia newspaper reports that an illustrated booklet has been issued warning people about dangerous selfie scenarios. This includes photos halfway up an electricity pylon, standing in front of an oncoming train, or in the company of a wild animal. Police officers are holding selfie-safety lessons at schools according to the ministry.

Several incidents involving young people could have been avoided. In May, 21-year-old woman survived accidentally shooting yourself in the head while posing for a selfie with a gun in Moscow. There've been several cases of children being electrocuted while taking selfies on top of railway carriages.

Today's technical advantages are creating new challenges and threats. The booklet reminds you how to take a safe selfie.