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Students talk body image worries

ʻI think that pictures in all the magazines around the world should be natural and we shouldn't try to make them look betterʼ

Parent Zone has been working with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to help boost pupils' self-esteem. Part of the workshop is to create a safe space where young people can talk openly and honestly about their own body image concerns.

A key feature of the workshop is to encourage the students in your school to rethink what they consider to be beautiful. They can discuss how pop stars, such as Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez, wear makeup during photoshoots and their images are specially curated and edited to look 'perfect'. A lot of time, effort and energy goes into just one image that a pupil may see of their favourite popstar in a magazine.

In the above video, pupils talk about the impact the workshop has had on their own perceptions of body image. They talk about how images can be manipulated to look completely different, and how useful it was to see what goes on behind the scenes when images of models are edited. One pupil says 'Pictures in all the magazines around the world should be natural and we shouldn't try to make them look better'.

Register for FREE teaching resources to deliver the single session 45-minute workshop in your school.

For parents

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

 

This 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.

 

Parent Zone is working with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to help boost UK pupils' body confidence through its PSHE Association-approved in-school workshops. Find out more about the full programme here.