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Building self-esteem

Body confidence and self-esteem for teens

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Low self-esteem can affect everything, from school work to how your child socialises with others. Parent Info has partnered with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to build your child's body confidence and self-esteem

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. 

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

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



The advice published on Parent Info is provided by independent experts in their field and not necessarily the views of Parent Zone or NCA-CEOP.

First published: February 2017

Updated: May 2018



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