To help children challenge idealised images on social media and put value in more than just what they see in the mirror, use our tips and expert advice to empower them to develop positive body image.
Using selfies as a comparison tool
Seeing constant streams of perfect bodies can put unrealistic expectations on young people to look a certain way which can lead to low ‘body esteem’.
Pressure to post the perfect selfie
Wanting to be excepted by the in-crowd can put pressure on young people to share personal images simply to improve their social status.
Link between likes’ and self-esteem
Young people may put more value in how others see them so getting a negative comment or not enough likes on a post can have a real negative impact on their self-esteem and mental health
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