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The Dove Self-Esteem Project: Confident Me

Parent Zone has partnered with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to help you in your work with pupils.

We are making available free expert resources for teachers and parents to help young people build confidence and feel good about themselves. Low self-esteem can affect everything, from school work to how you socialise with others, but these tips, together with our expert resources, can help you, help them feel great

Sign up HERE to run your own in-school self-esteem workshop for your pupils and download our free teacher resources

This week's featured resource: 

Confident Me (single session)

What do your pupils understand by the term body confidence? How can they improve theirs, and build confidence and self-esteem? How do appearance ideals and pressures affect how they feel and perform?

This resource contains all you need to run a one-off body-confidence workshop in your school.

Dove: Evolution. 

Share this film with your class to stimulate discussion about appearance ideals and the pressure to look a certain way. 

Possible questions to ask:

  • Were pupils aware how much images are manipulated in advertising and other areas of the media?
  • Many young people use social media apps such as Instagram to share images of themselves. How many of your class have done this?
  • Of those that have, how many have used apps or software, such as filters or Photoshop, to change how they look in the image to make them feel better about themselves? How did that make them feel?
  • Ask all pupils to think about one thing they like about what their body can do. They don't have to share it with anyone else, but ask them to remember it next time they have a negative thought about themselves.

Learning outcomes

In this workshop students will:

  • Understand the concept of appearance ideals and where pressure to achieve them comes from.
  • Build media literacy, exploring how images and messages, from advertising to cinema and social media, are often manipulations of the truth.
  • Develop strategies to resist appearance pressures, avoid comparing themselves, challenge appearance ideals and build body confidence

The 45-60-minute Dove Confident Me single session workshop addresses key topics including media influence, peer pressure and strategies for promoting body image and self-esteem. Students learn through class discussion, small-group activities, videos and activity worksheets.

The programme has been developed to support the school curricula. In England and Wales, Key stage 3 outcomes include identifying personal strengths, recognising how personal qualities are evaluated by others, awareness of healthy eating, and media portrayal of body image. For those following the Scottish CfE 3rd level health and wellbeing programme, it covers emotional, social and physical wellbeing, planning for choices and changes, and the impact of popular culture and the media.

The single session workshop has been evaluated by the Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England. It showed that students who participate in Dove Confident Me experience improved self-esteem, have a more positive self- image, and feel more confident to participate in social and academic activities.

Sign up here.

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.

Check out our Dove Self-Esteem Project resources for parents on our sister site, Parent Info.

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