Did you see the news report today that talked about the well-being and happiness of children, especially girls? The report from the Children’s Society says that girls in Britain are becoming more miserable, with 14% saying they are unhappy with their lives as a whole and 34% with their appearance. Researchers found that girls reported of feeling ugly or worthless. These figures, sadly, represent an increase in the unhappiness of young people and demonstrate the increase in social media use and commercial messaging.
This article reminded me of resources for teachers from Media Smart which can help you to teach media literacy for 9 to 11 year olds, with guides for teachers, parents and guardians and resources to use in the classroom.
These resources will help you to work with children to help them understand advertising influences and issues related to body image.
For all teachers there is the opportunity to complete an evaluation form once you have used the resources to be entered into a prize draw.