Helping your pupils use critical thinking skills in class
Critical thinking skills involve asking the right questions and they can be applied to every aspect of life. Giving pupils the opportunity to think critically about appearance ideals could help them understand that it is not healthy to compare themselves to people on magazine covers or influencers on social media, as many of these images are manipulated to the point where they represent unrealistic appearance ideals.
Bring examples of beauty or fashion adverts to class. Get pupils to spot how these images have been digitally enhanced and get them to discuss. Do they find the images realistic and achievable?
By using their critical thinking skills, pupils can understand that comparing themselves to models depicted in beauty and fashion adverts is unhelpful because these images have been digitally enhanced and the appearance ideals that they project are unattainable.
The Dove Self-Esteem Project offers free teaching resources, including more exercises like this one, to boost pupils’ self-esteem and help them have a healthy body image. One of the free sessions specifically focuses on interpreting media messages and teaching children to apply their critical thinking skills to see through advertisements and Photoshop-enhanced images.
The free Uniquely Me parent guide is packed with much more advice and some practical activities to help support you with boosting children’s body confidence and self-esteem.
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.