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Body Image Concerns

Body Image Concerns

Modern pressures leaving girls with crippling fears about how they look

The NSPCC reports that ChildLine received 1,596 contacts from girls worried about body image in 2015/16, a 17% increase on the previous year. Tips for parents whose children are having issues with how they look include: remind your child not to compare themselves to other people and that everyone is different; talk to them about what they like about themselves and what you like about them, focusing on things other than appearance. Click here to go to the relevant page on the NSPCC website.

 

How you can help

If you're a parent, knowing your child is having issues with how they look can be worrying. But there are a few things you can do to support them through it.

  • Don’t compare: remind your child not to compare themselves to other people - everyone is different.
  • Remember positives: talk to them about what they like about themselves and what you like about them. Focus on things other than appearance, like the hobbies they enjoy or things they are good at. This can help build their confidence and self-esteem.
  • Get support: tell them to talk to you about any negative or mean comments from other people. Remind them that they can contact ChildLine 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Teach online safety: talk to your children about what they do online and agree what times they should go online. Explain that you think it's important they do a variety of activities. Recognise that they enjoy being online, but you think it's important they do other things as well.

 


 

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Ofsted Inspection

The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB) is judged to be 'Good' in a report published today by Ofsted. For more details of the report and a statement by Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of BBSCB can be found here