☀️ Morning @Rovers fans! I hope you're feeling well on this lovely sunny morning? I'm doing well, but I'm really bothered about something that keeps recurring in our #PLChangemakers sessions: Body/Beauty standards and how they affect young people! A Thread... #RoversLetsTalk

Mar 23, 2022 · 9:14 AM UTC

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Last week, 28 of my 29 pupils said they negatively compare their body/beauty to others. It wasn't flippant; there was a genuine sadness and self-esteem impact: 💬 ❌"On social media... everyone looks so perfect." ❌"I won't *ever* look like her." ❌"I'd never NOT use a filter"
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As with everything on #PLInspires, my participants talk about what they see the underlying problem as - it's almost unanimous: 🔊"People will judge you." We talk about what 'beauty' is: "I'm not really sure", says one participant. "It's not filters, but everyone uses them."
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I ask why and this is where opinion starts to diverge. "Ok, so should I use a filter?" I asked. "I'd love to see that!" laughs one pupil. "You'd look stupid!" Always up for the challenge, this morning I downloaded @Snapchat and used I was told would make me look younger:
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Don't get me wrong. There's plenty of fun to be had on the filter settings there too, much to the howling delight of my youngest daughter. 👇🤦‍♂️ But in all seriousness, it begs the question: ❓Why do we persist with filter culture as a way of setting 'the beauty standard'?
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I and hear see the damage it is causing to our young people. It's absolutely real - it was almost the only topic everyone agreed on! ⏩When did it become NOT okay to just be yourself? I'd recommend checking out @Dove campaign for #NoDigitalDistortion dove.com/us/en/stories/campa…
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But we need to do something. "Filters for Fun", I get that. Laughing is good for our wellbeing. But "Filters for Beauty" need to be tackled, in the classroom and across the web. Self-image starts with self-acceptance. Listen to a young person about this today. 👂 [/Thread]
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