I want to take the opportunity in this article to remind you of the wonderful resource for parents we have called SchoolTV, for which there is a link in the eNews email each fortnight. Some of you attended the Michael Carr-Gregg evening earlier in Term 2 and would no doubt have found his insights into parenting extremely helpful. Michael Carr-Gregg is one of the main contributors to, and organisers of, School TV. This week’s edition focuses on Body Image. I encourage you to go to the link and watch the videos and read the information that gives a very helpful insight into the issues around body image.

The information on SchoolTV explains that kids today are more obsessed with their body image than those in past generations. This is partially influenced by the media and their social connectivity. Encouraging kids to have a healthy body image in childhood, can lay the foundations for good physical and mental health later in life.

A recent study highlighted that body image is one of the top three concerns for Australian youth. Over half of girls in high schools have tried to lose weight. One-third of teenage boys wanted to be thinner, and another third wanted to be larger. Children need to understand that their body shape and size is not a reflection of their health or success. Parents and schools need to work together to help kids understand that everyone is born with their own ‘body-suit’.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how to encourage their child to have a positive body image and why it is so important to their mental health.

Liz Collins
Head of Wellbeing