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Why Can't I Look Like That?

Body image and self esteem is huge issue right now. It impacts the lives of many - young, old, boys, girls, women and men. This collection focuses on teenage girls, one the most affected groups. With the sad fact that poor body image is something that many teens do not 'grow out of', we need to lift our game as educators to help teenage girls grow into confident young women.
A Collection By Amy Watson
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Why Can't I Look Like That?
  • bbc.com
    bbc.com

    'Selfie' body image warning issued

    5 minute read
    Amy Watson says:
    A short and informative article about the effect that social media plays in how young women see themselves. It is not groundbreaking research, but a useful reminder in our modern day Internet world that we need to be aware of the social pressures being placed on teenagers.
  • Amy Watson says:
    Dove has created a 'Confident Me' teaching resource pack. You can download all five lessons (recommended), however if time does not permit, there is also a single session workshop available. These workshops aim to (and rather successfully achieve) increased self esteem and positive body image.
  • Amy Watson says:
    Stock your library with these fantastic reads! There is a fine mix of fiction and fact, and all will help teenage girls come to a positive realisation about themselves.
  • Amy Watson says:
    A succinct yet effective guide about how, as schools, we help project the notion of positive body image. It includes a section on how schools can interact with families to help continue the posit its at home.
  • Amy Watson says:
    A fantastic lesson plan, complete with links to resources, using poetry as a platform to promote positive body image. As suggested in the guidelines, many pupils will tend to focus on their flaws so you must be prepared for that and work to make the focus fun and positive - try the activity for yourself and share with the class. Even if you are not talented in poetry, the class will appreciate your effort and it may even help them breakdown some of their own barriers.
  • Amy Watson says:
    Meaghan Ramsey takes a look at the consequences that young girls face all due to the fact that they don't think they look good enough. She shares surprising statistics, not just about teenagers, but for adult women too. Her advice on how to deliver better body education is key, perhaps easier said than done, but as teachers we need to be able to project positivity to our teenage girls.
  • upworthy.com
    upworthy.com

    Baffled by BMI

    6 minute read
    Amy Watson says:
    BMI (body mass index) is a system that measures someone's height in relation to their weight. There are some flaws in this method, and this eighth-grader clearly tells it how it is. Her answer to this test question is raw and honest, and should get us thinking about the image BMI is projecting on our vulnerable girls.
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BloomBoard Asks:Why do we place so much emphasis on the way we look?