Dove and Boys & Girls Clubs of America team up to educate young people about having a positive relationship with social media.
In a culture where social media plays a significant role in teenagers’ daily lives, only 30% of parents say they’ve discussed the pressures and potential harm social media presents with their kids. But this critical conversation can’t be ignored.
Research conducted by the Dove Self-Esteem Project in 2020 revealed startling insights:
Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Dove are working together through the Dove Self-Esteem Project to encourage parents and teachers to have the #TheSelfieTalk — an open, honest conversation with young people about navigating social media safely, building confidence and maintaining a true sense of self. Resources like The Confidence Kit can help parents and teachers have these tough conversations to help shape a young person’s healthy self-image.
Here are just a few of the tips to help guide #TheSelfieTalk with a young person in your life to ensure they have a positive experience on social media:
In the toolkit, each tip is accompanied by a list of action items to help you know not just what to do, but how.
“With the rise of social media, digital distortion is now happening on a much bigger scale, by younger people, without regulation…when editing apps are used to digitally distort images to conform to unrealistic beauty standards that cannot be achieved in real life, it can damage young people’s self-esteem. Dove wants to highlight this issue and provide tools to parents and caregivers to help young people navigate social media in a positive way.” — Firdaous El Honsali, Global Communications & Sustainability Director, Dove
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Dove Self-Esteem Project 2020 research was conducted by Edelman Data & Intelligence, a global, multidisciplinary research, analytics and data consultancy. 503 girls (ages 10-17) and 1,010 women (ages 18-55) were surveyed during November and December of 2020.