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The Dove Self-Esteem Project: Be the change

Parent Zone has partnered with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to help you in your work with young people. Low self-esteem can affect everything, from school work to how you socialise with others. We are making available free expert resources accredited by the PSHE Association for teachers and parents to help young people build confidence and feel good about themselves

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Our latest featured resource from the Dove Self-Esteem Project will help your pupils consolidate what they’ve learnt over the course of the four previous Confident Me workshops and become a Body Confidence Champion.

Students will develop strategies to resist appearance pressures to conform to unattainable standards. They will recognise the extent of the physical and digital manipulation of images in the media and online, and learn that it’s unfair to compare themselves to these kind of appearance ideals. They will also discuss whether they have manipulated images of themselves on their own social media apps, and why.

To help you plan your in-school workshops, watch this film to get an overview of the core objectives of the Confident Me workshops. It also contains tips to ensure that you’re fully prepared to deliver your own self-esteem workshops in school.

Confident Me workshop content overview film

Confident Me, session 5: Be the change

This session is designed to be used alongside the four other sessions, beginning with Confident Me, session 1: Appearance Ideals. Research shows delivering all 5 workshops results in positive change for pupils.[1]

Young people will learn to:

  • Celebrate uniqueness.
  • Understand the concept of appearance ideals and where pressure to achieve them comes from.
  • Make a commitment to act as a Body Confidence Champion and to champion change for themselves.
  • Celebrate their new role as Body Confidence Champions and develop a plan to champion body confidence in their community.

Try the single session Confident Me workshop

Confident Me is also available as a single, 45-60-minute workshop, covering topics such as media influence, peer pressure and strategies for promoting positive body image and self-esteem. Students learn through class discussion, small-group activities, videos and activity worksheets.

Our expert resources for teachers and parents are based on comprehensive research, in collaboration with The Centre For Appearance Research (University of West England) and evaluated by body image experts. The school resources are accredited by the PSHE Association.

Sign up HERE to run the single session self-esteem workshop!

For parents

Download the free Uniquely Me parent guide to hand out to your pupils and parents.

This downloadable pdf contains expert advice from Dove Self-Esteem Project global experts from the fields of psychology, body image, self-esteem, eating disorders and media representation to create a resource for parents that is focused on advice and action.

Dove Self-Esteem Project: Building confidence for all your pupils >

[1]Diedrichs, PC; Atkinson, MJ; Steer, RJ; Garbett, KM; Rumsey, N & Halliwell, E (2015): Effectiveness of a brief school-based body image intervention ‘Dove Confident Me: Single  Session’ when delivered by teachers and researchers: Results from a cluster randomised controlled trial.

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