Body image and social media for teens

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We hear a lot about body image – about how it’s important to have a ‘good’, ‘positive’ or ‘healthy’ body image and how having a ‘poor’ body image can affect our mental health. But what is body image? And how can we encourage our children to be confident and comfortable in their bodies? In this section we look at what body image is and how the way young people see their bodies can affect their health and wellbeing. We also have tips to help parents support teens to accept the way they look and value themselves for all they are, and to use the internet and social media in a healthy way.