Wellness, Identity & Self-Respect

 It isn’t uncommon, in our body-focused society, to attach our value to body shape or size, skin color, and other characteristics. This can lead to eating disorders and other forms of self-harm. Also, respecting the diverse identities of peers requires us to avoid using targeted or discriminatory language.

 

  • Younger Children – People come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. When you read books, draw pictures, and watch videos are all of these shapes, sizes, and colors represented?
  • Middle School – Who are you following online by watching their videos, streaming their shows, or seeing them in your feed? What do their bodies look like? Do you follow influencers with a variety of body types who are dressing themselves differently and showing confidence?
  • High School – When looking for ideas for nutrition, makeup, and workout ideas, who do you run it by in your in-person life to check for accuracy and helpfulness?

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Resources

Lesson Plans

“I Take Care of Myself Online”

Elementary School Lesson Plan

Middle School Lesson Plan

High School Lesson Plan

Quick-Guides & Guides

Parent, Educator & Youth Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying

 

Videos

Posts

Ask Trish is a weekly post for students by ConnectSafely’s youth advisor Trisha Prabhu.

Ask Trish: Digital Boundaries

Ask Trish: Follow Requests

Ask Trish: The Pressure to Be Perfect

 

Other Great Resources

Teaching about digital wellbeing (SEND) | Childnet

Online Body Image | Childnet