Friday the 28th of July, saw the first Be Bold Body Image Workshop offered to our year 8 and 9 girls on behalf of Centacare Family Services.
The facilitators from Centacare along with the assistance of Eliza Farrell our Re-engage youth worker, guided the group of young women through the ins and outs of the importance of self-esteem, how media and people in our lives influence body image and the harm of their expectations on us.
Students were shown how social media can be used to set unrealistic expectations, through manipulated images, Photoshop and models posing in particular way to enhance images.
A number of students left the session with a clearer understanding of “the norm” and stepped out of their comfort zones sharing stories with the group about times when they have felt “not good enough” about their bodies.
Some student feedback:
“It brought me out of my comfort zone and made me realise other people feel the same way. We are made a certain way, that way is just for you and that’s okay”.
Below is an outline of what information is being delivered in sessions :
Session 1: Body image and media
-Why body image is important to self-esteem
-How professional and social media influence body image
-How media images are manipulated and unrealistic
-Why comparison is unhelpful and contributes to poor body image and low self-esteem
Session 2: Redefining beauty and developing a healthy focus
-How beauty is defined by culture and over time
-What makes someone beautiful – not just appearance
-Why dieting is unhelpful
-How to focus on health rather than appearance
Session 3: Self-esteem and resilience
-Why self-esteem is important
-How to practice self-acceptance
-How to challenge negative self-talk and develop positive self-talk
-How to develop resilience and self-confidence
Jamie Maniero – Student Counsellor
White Ribbon Ambassador
Positive Behaviours and Respectful Relationships