This week, the Children’s Museum of Memphis shines a light on the “real you” with art.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Are social media filters harmless or harmful? This is the debate taking place on platforms like Instagram and TikTok.

Many online filters can make you look almost unrecognizable. Experts say filters could affect the way you see yourself, especially children.

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This week, the Children’s Museum of Memphis shines a light on the “real you” with art.

“We love seeing parents and children lean into the mirror and talk about what makes them special and unique,” said Dr. Stewart Burgess, developmental psychologist and executive director of the museum.

It was a day of art and learning for the Heath family, who frequently visit the museum.

One-year-old Joseph is learning to color. Michael, 5, becomes more abstract, and their sister, Madison, 3, paints what she loves: their family.

This week, kids at the Children’s Museum of Memphis are doing self-portraits to learn more about self-image. It’s a big project for those little hands, with a deeper meaning.

“It’s super difficult if every image around you is artificially enhanced,” Burgess said.

In a world where social media is everywhere, it is not always easy to understand who you are and what you look like. Online filters can distort the way you see yourself.

Burgess said creating self-portraits shows what’s real with acceptance, and it’s best to start this lesson early.

“High self-esteem is about having an accurate perception of your attributes,” Burgess said. “Your strengths and your weaknesses and your taste. It’s the mix of things that make you, you.”

Michael, Madison and Joseph are not yet posting online. But if or when they do, maybe they’ll look back on their work and what it stands for.

The Children’s Museum of Memphis is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Central Avenue.