TALKING POINTS

There’s nothing like controversy and current events to kickstart conversation. Seize the day and get talking with your kids about these recent news stories…

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You are so, so inspiring”: Adorable moment boy, 16, who wore a sequined tuxedo jacket and vibrant red ballgown skirt to his prom is blown away after receiving message of support from Drag Race UK star The Vivienne  |  Daily Mail (14/7/22)

“His mum’s photo of Korben, 16, wearing a ballgown to his prom in Harleston, Norfolk went viral. On the This Morning show he had messages of support from Drag Race UK stars. Korben said: ‘I’ve always been feminine, loved dresses, playing with Barbies.’ He hopes ‘being an ordinary boy in a dress’ will show others ‘you can express yourself. There’s nothing wrong with being a bit feminine or masculine. Be confident and love yourself’”

TALKING POINT Name positive/less positive possible kids’ reactions… Read the article >

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Naked pictures of girls are being swapped online in schools during class without their consent, MPs told  |  iNews (28/6/22)


“Speaking at the Parliament meeting Attitudes Towards Women And Girls In Educational Settings, Everyone’s Invited founder Soma Sara said that in school young people use AirDrop and Gogle Drive to swap pictures: ‘Digital-based violence is normalised. Many young people don’t understand that it’s wrong or understand the impact it has on them’”

TALKING POINT Are you aware of this kind of behaviour in schools? Read the article >

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Canesten is on a mission to educate people about vaginal health  – links to The Truth, Undressed campaign using photos of vulvas, pubic hair etc  |  Creative Review (12/7/22)

The Truth, Undressed is an educational platform using a website and social media that was launched by the ‘intimate healthcare’ brand Canestan to share non-sexualised, real-life photos of vulvas and facts on hygiene. On the site are also PSHE Association lesson plans for ages 11-18 exploring topics like pubic hair, porn, bleaching and labiaplasty

TALKING POINT Is this shocking? Why? How do you feel looking at it? Read the article >

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While Admitting That She Can‘t Help But Compare Herself To Others On The App, The 24-Year-Old Actress Believes Constant Exposure To “Fake” Imagery Is Taking A Toll On Young People’s Mental Health  Ace Showbiz (16/7/22)

“Actor Elle Fanning, age 24, set up a production company with her sister, actor Dakota. About ‘the comparative nature of social media, the striving towards certain beauty standards’, Elle said: ‘I’m on Instagram all the time, looking at all these images and comparing myself. A lot are fake, doctored or very well curated, so you can go down this rabbit hole of unattainable beauty, trending body shapes, what’s in and out of style. That constant comparing can be so damaging to young people and their mental health”


TALKING POINT How does social media affect you and your friends?  Read the article >

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Jaden Smith Explains Why He Ran From The Paparazzi In A Skirtincludes 2-minute video   All HipHop (13/7/22)

“Rapper/actor Jaden Smith, age 24, says: ‘Fashion is really coming from my emotions and how I’m feeling. If I’m wearing something, it’s because I feel like I can and when people notice, it opens up their minds to what they can wear and breaks down barriers. When I realised the power I had in that regard, I started to be more specific with the way I dress. I’m speaking for a bigger audience. The first time I wore a skirt I was running away from the cameras, but once they came out, I said: ‘Screw it – I’m going to do this for real now’”

TALKING POINT Do you think Jaden’s a trailblazer by wearing skirts?  Read the article >

And finally: to discuss…

Fashion designer Victoria Beckham says of her daughter Harper, age 10:

“She’s not one of these kids who are going out with a full face of make-up and a crop top.

“She actually said to me recently: ‘Mummy, I’ve seen some pictures of you when you were in the Spice Girls and

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your skirts were just unacceptable. They were just too short.’

“Then David [Beckham] piped up and said: ‘Absolutely, Harper! They really, really were.’ And she was actually quite disgusted at how short my skirts were.

“I said: ‘Are you never going to wear skirts like that?’ She said: ‘Absolutely not.’ We’ll see.

“She’s at that age where her body is going to start changing but it’s about making sure that we communicate a lot as a family and she surrounds herself with nice friends. But it is quite terrifying, I can’t lie’”

TALKING POINTS Do you think Posh Spice’s skirt was “too short”? What images of her, positive or negative, did it project? Why do you think Harper objects? What do you think their mum/daughter relationship is like?