What Parents Need to Know About Social Pressures: Appearance

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What is Appearance?

Social media has its benefits for connecting with friends, sharing experiences and widening their understanding of broader issues beyond their local community. The challenge with connecting and sharing experiences via social media is that these shared experiences are often via images. Wanting to fit in and caring about their physical appearance is a perfectly normal part of adolescence. However, with the easy access of image changing software and filters, this physical appearance is often not the reality, further increasing the pressure for young people to gain or portray unreal perceptions.

In this guide, you’ll find tips on a number of potential risks such as filters, airbrushing and self-esteem.

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