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With thanks to Yoan Reed, director of Teaching Lifeskills and Outspoken

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NEWS YOU CAN USE

How girls are given messages about their looks

“Mums fear their daughters are becoming consumed by their looks, often copying stars they see online or on TV. It’s not just celeb culture but also how our image-driven society praises girls, and not boys, for their looks. Francesca Mallen of campaign group Let Clothes Be Clothes warns parents not to call their daughter ‘beautiful’ while referring to their son as ‘brave’ or ‘smart’, as this places emphasis on girls’ appearance over anything else. She asked: ‘What message are you sending to children? If you aren’t prepared to say “you are beautiful” to a boy, then why do you feel compelled to say it to a little girl?’”

Girls as young as FOUR are body-obsessed, worried about “big bellies” – and their horrified mums feel powerless to help (The Sun, 4/8/20)

MAYDAY MOMENTS
“Can I have this?”

Your 3-year-old comes out of the bathroom wanting to play with a tampon

What do you say?

TIPS BY TOPIC

Browse information, advice and resources on every topic under the sex & relationships sun

Making babies, puberty before it hits and

teenage development

Seeking out healthy, respectful relationships from childhood on

Knowing what you like

and being able to tell others what you want

The impact of porn on kids’ attitudes & behaviour and navigating sexting

Becoming who you are

and accepting others’ sexual identity

Critical thinking and resilience in the face of limiting stereotypes

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What is age appropriate? Click here to read about the “life course approach”

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Mother Pukka founder Anna Whitehouse

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Sara Pascoe – comedian, author and member of Outspoken Advisory Board

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Dr Pooky Knightsmith – child and adolescent mental-health expert and author

“This is wonderful work and very much needed”

Dr Naomi Sutton – NHS sexual-health consultant on E4’s The Sex Clinic 

Incredibly helpful. I feel much better equipped to deal with what I thought would be awkward conversations – actually I don’t think they are at all!

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