Picture of health? Male representation in advertising & the media, and its effect on young boys

Advertising Association, August 2016

This report focuses on the way male models are portrayed in advertising and the media – particularly, whether boys are aware of digitally enhanced imagery and whether this impacts their behavior.

The researchers surveyed 1,005 boys from primary and secondary schools around the country to explore their attitudes towards advertising and body image, and conducted focus groups of boys aged 8 to 18 and with teachers, youth leaders and parents to understand the roots, effects and solutions to boys body confidence.

Click here to view the full report.

Body Image and Advertising resources Helping to build emotional resilience in young people at home and in the classroom

Media Smart, August 2016

Media Smart is a not-for-profit company that creates free educational materials for schools and youth organisations, for teachers and guardians, to help young people think critically about the advertising they come across in their daily lives.

The materials use real and current examples of advertising that we’re all familiar with to help teach core media literacy skills, and the organisation is funded by the UK advertising industry.

Click here to access the website.

Helping children to be safer, healthier and free of crime

Public Health England, October 2015

This pathway provides guidance to school nurses and youth justice professionals working with young people who are in the youth justice system or at risk of being involved. It sets out the rationale for effective partnership working and pulls together the core principles to help local areas develop their own local frameworks to support effective working.

Click here for further information and to download the guidance.

What works in promoting social and emotional well-being and responding to mental health problems in schools?

National Children’s Bureau, March 2015

The National Children’s Bureau have produced a one-stop advice and framework document to provide the most up-to-date and evidence informed advice and guidance for schools on ‘what works’ in promoting emotional well-being and mental health in schools.

Click here for further information and to download the guidance.