Parents' Guide to


By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fab community, resources on positive body image for teens.

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Most of the content on PROUD2BME involves teen-written essays on topics such as self-acceptance and overcoming anorexia. The site isn't designed for every user to log on and upload something he or she has written; teens can, however, share personal stories on the site's message boards. Moderators often add comments with treatment and helpline information.

You'll find more than inspiring stories on the site; several posts touch on impressively in-depth issues, such as the media classifying food as good, bad, or indulge-worthy, or how "bodysnarking" on celebs can negatively impact teens' own self-esteem. Other posts dissect popular ad campaigns that may affect girls' body image and how social media can influence the way you view yourself.

Virtually all components encourage empowerment and positivity in a teen-accessible way. The site's fashion and beauty section, for example, focuses more on media attitudes than it does on makeup. Posts applaud companies who don't retouch ads and offer proactive tips on developing healthy self-esteem.

A few subject headings contain only a few items, and several posts are repeated in different sections, but the site seems to add new items on a semi-weekly basis, so the amount of available information should keep growing. There are plenty of posts about potential self-esteem problems, too -- an important topic for teens to consider. Additional background on the types of eating disorders and general causes or warning signs would provide a bit more context, but, overall, Proud2BMe's mix of personal stories, advice, and facts makes for some first-rate reading.

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