Body Image - Key Stage 5
Resources, guidance and articles
Ditch the Label - 15 Essential Beauty Tips for Teens 15 things that the beauty industry doesn't want you to know
Dove Self-Esteem Project - Campaign to combat self esteem and body image issues among young girls. Click here to see how you can get involved. Or click here to access Five Session Self-Esteem Teaching Resources
Teacher Guidance - Key standards in teaching about body image. (PSHE Association and Government Equalities Office)
MediaSmart - Body Image and Advertising - Some great teaching resources and lesson plans on body image. Also includes a section for young people and a section for parents.
You can also use the TV adverts in Media Smart UK's Youtube playlist.
If you do wish to use the case studies, please ensure that your school or educational institution has a valid Educational Recording Agency licence.
With an increasing number of pupils with mental health issues, we have an obligation to provide guidance - but how can teachers make sure they get it right? Mental Health expert Natasha Devon shares her advice:
- Gauge the level of knowledge in the room
- Make sure you are clear in your own mind about boundaries and definitions
- Be 'grass roots'
- Avoid before and after pictures
- Focus on 'why' not 'how'
- Build a safety net
- Warn against random internet searches
- Don't forget the friends
July 2017: The Guardian. Standards body unveils plan to crack down on sexist advertisements. UK watchdog takes steps against ads that objectify, sexualise or mock people for not conforming to stereotypes. Advertisements that perpetuate sexist stereotypes, from men bungling housework to girls being less academic than boys, will be banned under rules being proposed by the industry watchdog. The crackdown by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) will toughen rules on ads that are deemed to present activities as only appropriate for one gender or another, or that mock those who not conform to stereotypical gender roles.
To The Bone
This mainstream film may be hot off the press, but Rachel Egan has many reservations. The leading character, Lilly Collins, had anorexia in her teens, and she lost 20lbs of weight for the role. This was irresponsible of the film makers. The film also reflects the huge misconceptions around eating disorders. For example, the main character is a skinny, young, white woman. When in fact eating disorders affect people of all shapes and sizes, and of varying ages. In fact the majority of people with eating disorders will never become underweight. Rachel won't be watching for many other reasons, including the high risk of 'triggering'. Of course viewers are free to make their own decisions about the movie, but you have been warned. To read the full article click on the title above.
Teenage girls are being directed to a new online reference tool that helps them check if their vulva looks normal. Available on the sexual health charity Brook website, the resource gives visual examples and advice on how female genitals change in puberty.
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