We've partnered with PROJECT ROCKIT to help you use socials to improve your mental health and take control of your online world.
Not your typical strategies to improve your body image
Brought to you by a Kids Helpline Counsellor
Curate your socials so you see stuff that helps you feel good and celebrates differences!
You can learn lots on socials. Try learning a new skill with your body by watching YouTube vids, e.g. how to hula hoop!
Learn about the history and culture of what's considered beautiful... this totally influences our present views!
Have fun with style! Create vision boards using people who look like you and outfits that express your identity.
Be a conscious consumer and create a cultural revolution! Join a group or cause that aims to make real change in how big brands cater to their customers and market/sell their products.
Photoshopping and filters can be a lot of fun, but giving them a miss, and following accounts that don't use them can help you keep yourself in check about what's realistic and what's not!
Here's how other teens improve their self-image
We asked you on Insta, "How do you feel about your body when you see fitspo on socials?"
81% of you told us that fitspo makes you feel bad about your body... and the majority of you didn't have any ways to stay body positive.
Teen Elleigh shares her self-esteem strategies, after losing all of her hair to alopecia areata.
Balancing screen time
Check out our handy guides, tips and tricks below!
Addiction:worried you might be addicted to socials? Check your symptoms here!
Balancing tech time: have you ever been scrolling, scrolling, scrolling, and the next thing you know, a whole hour has passed? You can actually set up app limits to stop you spending way too much time on screen. Check out our handy guide.
Digital detox:the challenge – stop scrolling and have a digital detox by following our handy activity guide. Go on, give it a try right now!
Doomscrolling: we've all been there – reading every little scrap of negative news, like we just can't look away, (despite the negative impacts on our mental health). Here's how to feel less helpless and actually make a difference when you see negative stories online.
It can be helpful to have a discussion with your class prior to the session to get them thinking about the topic (not essential).
Encourage your class to make comments and ask questions - the session is not about right and wrong, it's a discussion where everyone's thoughts are valid. It's equally okay not to speak up during the session, as long as students are listening (we emphasise this point because some sensitive issues can come up and students may need to process these silently).
If you show enthusiasm and interest in the session, from our experience, your class will too.
Although the sessions are pre-written, we make them as interactive as possible and have the capacity to be quite responsive to students' interest/needs. There is room for students to ask questions or raise issues that are off the chosen topic (the counsellor will make sure all the necessary information is covered during the session).
Students are usually quite excited to participate in these sessions and engage very well.
However, if you notice that your class is not engaging well in the session, please feel free to signal this to the counsellor and intervene to settle the class, mediate or "translate" some of the ideas into language or examples that you know your class will respond to.