Embrace Kids: Comparison to Compassion

Embrace Kids: Comparison to Compassion

Lesson 2 of 5 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Social and Emotional Learning
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Lesson summary

Students will explore the impact of social media on themselves and create and apply strategies to build a strong, positive, inner voice.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • learn strategies and tools to manage distress associated with comparing ourselves to unrealistic images on social media and among friends.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • recognise that the majority of social media content is altered and unrealistic
  • practice strategies to respond to social comparisons with kindness.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Reframing For Self-Compassion Worksheet
Embrace Kids Teacher's Guidebook
Wheel of Emotions

Lesson details


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • critical thinking
  • curiosity
  • digital literacy
  • empathy
  • reflection
  • social skills

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description:

Year 5 & 6, HPE:

  • Explain how identities can be influenced by people and places, and how we can create positive self-identities (AC9HP6P01).

General capabilities: Personal and Social Capability

Syllabus outcomes: Stage 3, HPE


  • applies and adapts self-management skills to respond to personal and group situations

Relevant parts of Year 5&6 achievement standards: Students explain how different factors influence identities. They explain how communication skills, protective behaviours and help-seeking strategies keep themselves and others safe online and offline. 

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

  • Target 3.4: By 2030, reduce by one-third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

UN SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

  • Target: 5.b: Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women

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Additional Info

Embrace Kids is an uplifting film by Taryn Brumfitt that brings together a vibrant collection of stories from young people and famous friends alike, who share their experiences of body image, bullying, gender identity, advocacy, representation and more. This film aims to improve the body image of young people across Australia and the world. Aimed at 10-14-year-olds - but equally engaging for adolescents, teachers and parents - this film inspires, educates and advocates for a world where we are not held back by the thoughts we have about the way we look. Instead, young people are encouraged to figure out what makes them unique and special and use that to spark change.

The Embrace Kids Classroom Program was designed by body image researchers, teachers, and clinicians.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - facilitate discussion, scaffold group work.

Related Professional Learning

Taking Care of Yourself

Teaching is a rewarding yet demanding career, and it is dependent on teachers, those amazing humans who invest a lot of personal energy into their work. The majority of teachers’ work involves juggling the many competing demands of a complex job, including long hours preparing and correcting student work and attending to administrative tasks. To avoid burnout, teachers need to take time for themselves by incorporating self-care practices into their daily lives.

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