Jen, Annie, and Lauren are joined by Renae Regehr of Free To Be Talks to discuss how to support our middle school kids in developing media literacy and better body image. Teaching kids to navigate social media and the messages about their bodies is so important. Learn what to say when you don’t know what to say and enjoy this stimulating conversation.
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- How Free To Be Talks was born
- Which age groups responded best to the curriculum
- Embodied media literacy: what does it mean?
- Head knowledge vs lived experiences
- The blind spots we have about the impact of media messaging
- Helping our kids cultivate self-compassion
- Do you really need to have all the answers as a parent?
- Being vulnerable with our kids in an age appropriate way
- Role modelling for our kids
- Appearance-based compliments and the need to balance them
- Being mindful of the language we use to describe our children’s bodies
- Body acceptance: accepting our own bodies and those of our kids
- The subtext of unattainable beauty ideals
- Equipping our kids to separate their value as people from their social media metrics
- Finding validation from within
- Being mindful of how much of our identity is rooted in our appearance
- Healing body image issues in context, with the help of others
- Body diversity on social media, feeling seen and represented
- Maintaining perspective about the importance of our appearances
- Being judicious about how much mental energy we devote to our appearance
Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.