Body image and self-esteem tips for children and young people

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Parent Info has partnered with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to build your child's body confidence and self-esteem.

Over the coming months, we will be bringing you a series of articles aimed at helping children and young people feel better about themselves. 

Low self-esteem can affect everything, from school work to how your child socialises with others. These articles will give you the information you need to help your child feel confident so they are able to reach their full potential.

Why self-esteem matters

Children and young people today are under huge pressure to look a certain way.

Anxieties over appearance can affect their health, friendships and performance at school.

In the UK, 9 in 10 girls with low body-esteem will opt out of fundamental life activities, such as engaging with family and loved ones, sharing their opinion, joining a team or club, or even leaving the house if they don't feel good about the way they look. Boys are also increasingly worrying about body issues and self-esteem.

Dove has been helping young people build body confidence and self-esteem for over 10 years by offering expert resources to children, parents and teachers. The resources are meticulously researched, written in collaboration with The Centre For Appearance Research (University of West England) and evaluated by body confidence experts. 

The Dove Self-Esteem Project has produced a parents guide, Uniquely Me.

Teachers, sign up for free PSHE Association approved self-esteem teaching resources to download!

Read the articles

This week's article

How social media affects your teen's self-esteem

Earlier articles

This article is brought to you by Parent Zone and the Dove Self-Esteem Project.

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