Weekly Safeguarding Messsage
Self-esteem is how a person feels about themselves. Most children will have dips in self-esteem as they go through different stages or challenges in life, and there are different pressures that may affect them - including social media, bullying, exams, family problems and abuse.
Things like starting a new school, moving house or going through changes in the family can also affect a child’s confidence - but with support from parents and other adults they can usually get through this.
Children and young people with high self-esteem often:
- have a positive image of themselves
- are confident
- can make friends easily and are not anxious with new people
- can play in groups or on their own
- will try and solve problems on their own, but will ask for help if they need to
- can be proud of their achievements
- can admit mistakes and learn from them
- will try new things and adapt to change
Children and young people with low self-esteem often:
- have a negative image of themselves - they might feel bad, ugly, unlikeable or stupid
- lack confidence
- find it hard to make and keep friendships, and may feel victimised by others
- feel lonely and isolated
- tend to avoid new things and find change hard
- can't deal well with failure.
- tend to put themselves down and might say things like "I’m stupid" or "I can't do that"
- are not proud of what they achieve and always think they could have done better.
- are constantly comparing themselves to their peers in a negative way
For support and advice with helping your child with their self-esteem, please click here.
SIX WAYS TO BOOST YOUR SELF-ESTEEM
Self-esteem and how you feel about yourself is something that can constantly go up and down, but there are things you can do to help. Below are top tips for boosting your self-esteem. For more information on each one please click on this link.
- Do something you love
- Keep a diary of the positives
- Unfollow accounts that make you feel bad about yourself
- Exercise – when you want to
- Set mini goals
- Compliment others