What Parents Need to Know about Social Pressures Linked to Appearance

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Anna Bateman Mental health expert and former DfE adviser

This free online safety guide focuses on social pressures linked to appearance. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as filters, 'airbrushing' and damage to self-esteem.

A free online safety guide on social pressures linked to appearance.

Social media has its benefits for connecting with friends, sharing experiences and widening users' understanding of broader issues beyond their local community. The challenge with connecting and sharing experiences via social media is that these shared experiences are often via images. For young people, wanting to fit in and caring about their physical appearance is a perfectly normal part of adolescence. However, with the easy access of image-altering software and filters, the physical appearance we see online is often not the reality - further increasing the pressure for young people to gain or to portray unreal perceptions.

In this guide, you'll find tips on avoiding potential risks such as filters, 'airbrushing' and damage to self-esteem.