Main content

Building self-esteem

Body confidence and self-esteem for teens

Image: Gornostai Nastya, CC0

Download your free parent guide here

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!

Latest article

How exercise can help raise your child's self esteem. 

Earlier articles

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

 

 

Related articles

  • Health and wellbeing

    Body image and social media: I wish...

    Help your child feel good about themselves, however many likes they get on social media, with advice from the Dove Self-Esteem Project

  • Health and wellbeing

    Mindfulness in schools: a parent's guide

    Schools are turning to mindfulness as a way of helping pupils relax, concentrate, and avoid distractions. But what is it – and could it help your child?

Explore further