confidence in one's own worth or abilities; self-respect.
8th graders today are struggling with self esteem, mainly girls. There are many things that can lead up to this, like bullying, social media, anxiety and comparing yourself to others.
Girls or guys look in the mirror and imagine themselves as someone they're not.
"Over 70% of girls age 15-17 avoid normal daily activities, such as attending school, when they feel bad about their looks."
"7 in 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members."
"A girl’s self-esteem is strongly related to how she views her own body shape and body weight, than how much she actually weighs."
"Teen girls that have a negative view of themselves are 4 times more likely to take part in activities with boys that they've ended up regretting later."
"About 20% of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood."
"75% of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking, or disordered eating. This compares to 25% of girls with high self-esteem."
"38 percent of boys in middle school and high school reported using protein supplements and nearly 6 percent admitted to experimenting with steroids."
People need to stop saying phrases like "Like a girl..." because even if you don't know it, the phrase can lower a 8th graders self esteem, and we need to build their self esteems to get them ready for high school, not lower it even more than it already is.
Not all girls think they are too curvy, some think they are too skinny. And this situation is not only girls, it is mainly teenage girls, but there are also boys who have to face these same problems.