National Bullying Prevention Month: You Tube Star Franchesca Ramsey Talks Social Media And Girls Self-Esteem
Halloween is just a few days away and the month is nearly over, but the conversation surrounding the self-esteem issues that girls are facing every day needs to continue throughout National Bullying Prevention Month and beyond.
The newly launched Pinterest.com/SelfEsteem offers a multitude of free resources crafted by the Dove Global Advisory Board, who have worked tirelessly for over a decade to inspire girls everywhere to reach their full potential. The board entitled “Navigating Peer Pressure and Bullying” can provide tips, activities, and inspiration to sustain this conversation throughout this October and beyond.
Franchesca Ramsey, YouTube star and the host of MTV’s Decoded, a web series where she tackles social issues and covers pop culture, gave Mommynoire her take on the state of social media and how negativity online affects girls’ self-esteem:
“In my experience, I have seen social media work in two ways. The first is that it allows anyone, especially underrepresented people, a voice to express their thoughts, feelings and concerns. On the flipside, it also allows people to say whatever they want, and sometimes those words can be hurtful. Dove research shows that 9 out of 10 girls want to change one thing about themselves – and some of this is due to the unrealistic images and messages that young people are bombarded with in all forms of media, including social. Fortunately, we can all make a difference in a girl’s self-esteem and help young people to navigate these pressures and critically think about their influences, whether online or off.”