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School workshops on body image: Confident Me

We believe every young person should grow up feeling confident about their looks. That’s why we’ve developed Confident Me, a set of evidence-based resources for teachers and schools aimed at 11-14 year olds.

Aligned to promote adolescent body confidence, the free downloadable tools are designed to allow teachers and schools to run body-confidence workshops. The workshops allow teachers and pupils to explore the impact that image ideals portrayed through the media have on young people's self-esteem. 

Low body confidence and self-esteem affect young people's learning. Anxiety about appearance has been linked to poorer concentration and less engagement in class, resulting in worse academic performance. Globally, eight out of 10 girls admit to opting out of important everyday activities, such as engaging with friends or loved ones, because of concern about their looks.

There are single- and five-session tools designed to adapt to your time frame. Both tools have been proven to make a positive impact on improving body confidence.  The workshops explore how society, professional and social media promote an unrealistic 'ideal' body, and learn strategies to protect and build self-confidence in themselves and others.

References:

The Dove Global Beauty and Confidence Report, 2016

Reframing Beauty – Unlocking the Potential of Young Girls. Commissioned by Dove, 2014

Workshop Syllabus Relevancy

The Confident Me workshop complies with the New South Wales Board of Studies Syllabus for Personal Development, Health and Physical Education K-6. 

The main syllabus area the Confident Me workshop falls under is Subject Matter Stage 3, Growth and Development - "Personal Identity: Influences of media and culture – Body Image". 

Specifically, outcomes and indicators are detailed within the workshop in the following areas:

Growth and Development Outcomes and Indicators

Personal Health Outcomes and Indicators: Explains the consequences of personal lifestyle choices.

Skills Outcomes: Skills for problem solving, decision making and accepting responsibility.

Interpersonal Relationships Outcomes and Indicators: Describes roles and responsibilities in developing and maintaining positive relationships.

Interacting Outcomes and Indicators: Acts in ways that enhance the contribution of self and others in a range of cooperative situations.

Communicating Outcomes and Indicators: Communicates confidently in a variety of situations.

This syllabus area - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education K-6 – is substantially the same across all states and territories of Australia and allows teaching the Confident Me workshop with confidence to cover the areas above.

Resources for teachers

  • Confident Me – five sessions
    Teaching materials on body-image and the media – activities, videos and worksheets to help boost young people's body confidence and improve their self-esteem
    Average read time: 3 min

    Our Confident Me body-confidence teaching materials explore influences on young people's body image and self-esteem. 

  • Confident Me – single session
    Educational materials looking at the media's influence on body image and self-esteem, with videos, presentations and worksheets to help build young people's body confidence
    Average read time: 3 min

    Teacher resources for our single session Dove Confident Me programme – all you need to run a one-off body-confidence workshop.

  • Confident Me – training videos for teachers
    Click here to watch our range of Confident Me training videos – all designed to help you deliver self-esteem workshops successfully.
    Average read time: 4 min

    Click here to watch our range of Confident Me training videos – all designed to help you deliver self-esteem workshops successfully.

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