KEY BODY POSITIVE MESSAGES FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS
Children and adolescents can learn to understand that media are not neutral and influence us for different purposes eg. politics, profit.
Teachers can teach and model how to take apart media messages to examine their intent and perspective.
The ideal body is culturally, socially and historically defined and media influenced.
Media show us only limited views of the world.
Both girls’ and boys’ bodies can be mis-represented in media. Girls’ are presented as hyper-sexualized, and boys as hyper-masculinized. Girls’ and boys’ bodies can also be objectified. It is important to recognize that hyper-sexualization and objectification contribute to harassment and discrimination.
The media can exaggerate health issues and promote simple solutions for complex issues e.g. BMI monitoring.
Social pressure to be a certain size can be resisted by empowering students through critical media literacy studies.