by Linda Hardy
A [UK] government guide to help parents teach their children how to be confident about their bodies is being launched. The pack shows how digitally enhanced images of celebrities affect youngsters’ self-esteem. [It also] offers advice on how to talk to children about the subject.
This is what children and teenagers are increasingly faced with. An array of […] perfect faces and bodies tanned, toned and transformed from what they once were. […] It’s that transformation that the new parent pack hopes to explain – showing parents and their children how images are altered in the media […].
“[…] it’s not there to scare parents [but] to get the children to talk about body image.”
Aimed at parents of six to eleven year olds it gives them tips on how to talk to their children about their own bodies and is available online.
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. The topic described in the article is normally not taught in schools. What other topics, in your opinion, should be taught in schools but are not? Why?
2. What magazines do you read? Do you think you are influenced by the photos shown in these magazines? How?
3. Write your own sentences with the words written in bold.