Should Body-Shaming Ads Be Banned?
Body image is a sensitive subject for most teens, so teaching the topic can be tricky. Our guide will help you teach the debate in a way that won’t make your students self-conscious, but will get them into a spirited discussion. And while you're at it, follow these tips to help encourage positive attitudes about body in your classroom every day.
Before having students read the debate story from the November-December issue, read this article from DoSomething.org, which features important facts related to body shaming that you can work into your class discussion.
This article can help you discuss the fact that body-shaming can happen to anyone, not just people who are overweight or skinny. It provides several celebrity examples that you can share with students.
Encourage your students to further their learning and discussion with our past stories on similar topics, such as our debate on Photoshopping images and our feature on body bullies.
Discuss positive ways that your students can combat the negativity that body shaming brings to the table. A good example from our Choices blog: This teen was bullied in school. Instead of fighting back, she wrote a positive note on a Post-It for each and every one of the 800 students at her high school—all in the span of 48 hours. Her good deed went viral, and spurned an initiative called Positive Post-It Day.