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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.