Lady Gaga

Hilary Duff

Katy Perry

Britney Spears Photoshopped

Taylor Swift

Mila Kunis

Naomi Campbell

Bella Hadid nose surgery

Rihanna without makeup

Gwyneth Paltrow

Adele

Kim Kardashian

Blake Lively

Julia Roberts no Photoshop

Kim Kardashian

Extreme Photoshop

Social media plays a significant role in your children's lives.

Unrealistic, airbrushed, photo-shopped images, seen online, create comparison anxieties as to why this unattainable ideal of perfection never matches the image your child, however young, sees of him or herself in the mirror.

The 'selfie' culture on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Snap chat and on apps such as 'Hot or not?' 'Am I pretty'? and 'Rate selfie pic' further encourage negative self-destructive thought processes.

The more followers = how pretty/attractive/fit/popular you are.
The more likes = how pretty/attractive/fit/popular you are.
The more online approval ratings = how pretty/attractive/fit/popular you are.

The concept that those who don't know you, but can still rate the virtual you, will create a skewed vision of the virtual versus the real.
Who are your real friends?
This leads to lack of self-esteem, self-hatred, body-image and self-confidence issues as well as the beginning of the road to self-harm and eating disorders.

Nowadays, it is no longer just a celebrity crush or an airbrushed beauty ad that influences your young children and teens of both sexes, but all social media channels, and also the especially worrying trend of sexting. The extreme pressure to be perfect in every way is now affecting both girls and boys who have not yet even reached their teens.

Please email me for further info on:
*In-school workshops/talks for pupils of all ages
*Parental guidance talks
*School leavers' workshops for university and job interviews covering first impressions, body language and appropriate dressing.

I will work together with your headmaster/headmistress/head of pastoral support to create bespoke informal group sessions with your pupils.

 

There is no true definition of beauty.

It isn't limited to girls with long hair and lots of makeup.
It isn't the girls you see on the photoshopped social media sites.
It isn't the 'styled to perfection' public image of your favourite celebrity.

Beauty, true beauty, can be so much more than that.
Beauty can be kindness or quick wit.
It can be intelligence, compassion, or drive.
Beauty can be a strong-willed girl who flaunts her imperfections and stands up against her insecurities.
The image of perfection that today's media presents is nothing but a facade.
Girls and boys need to start viewing themselves as more than their bodies.
Beauty is more than outer appearance.
Beauty comes from within..

 

"Thank you for coming into school to speak, giving our pupils the opportunity to reflect in a slightly different context on the uses and values of social media and self.  It certainly created a valid debate.
Real change will come about from reflection and honest dialogue and I feel that your presentation gave us that."
Mark Waldron, Headmaster.
Ryde School with Upper Chine, Isle of Wight

"Just had the talk with Mrs Campbell and really enjoyed it. She was so lovely. Really changed lots of people in our year's opinions"
Mimi (Year 9)