A quick scroll through Instagram, awash with filters and fillers, leaves little question why some of our girls are battling self-esteem issues.
Studies have shown that social media use can lead to comparison and negative effects on mental wellbeing. Quite simply, it is easy to forget that what we see online is a highlight reel.
The reality is that our teens are not going to turn their backs on social media any time soon. However, we can try to counterbalance some of the superficial gloss with voices from people who share more of their REAL lives. Here’s a handful of interesting and inspirational figures worth checking out and recommending to your teenager:
Celeste Barber (@celestebarber) – An actor and comedian whose laugh-out-loud parodies have led to international acclaim.
Turia Pitt (@turiapitt) – Caught in a grassfire while competing in an ultra-marathon in 2011, Turia suffered full thickness burns to 65 percent of her body and spent two years in recovery. Since then, she has written three best-selling books, coached over 40,000 people in her digital courses, walked the Kokoda Trek and had two sons – to name just a few things.
Jamila Rizvi (@jamilarizvi) – An author, presenter, political commentator and gender equality advocate, Jamila is also the Chief Creative Officer for the Nine Network’s Future Women platform.
Malala Yousafzai (@malala) – Malala made international headlines in 2012 when she was shot by the Taliban on her way home from school. In 2014, she was named a Nobel Peace Prize winner. She co-founded the Malala Fund, an international, non-profit organisation that advocates for girls’ education.
Caitlin Francis is a Digital Media Officer at Cairns Catholic Education