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Sensitive teens will be given resilience lessons in school to help them ‘toughen up’


THE “snowflake” generation will be given resilience lessons in school to help them toughen up.

Health bosses said teenagers needed to be taught “how to cope” with modern life.

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Health leaders brought in the plans after a survey revealed one in five teens had experienced cyberbullying[/caption]

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The lessons will help young people deal with issues like body image, online and social media stress and bullying[/caption]

The lessons will help young people deal with issues like body image, online and social media stress and bullying.

They will also learn more generally about relationships, exam stress, alcohol use and smoking.

Teenagers will be shown YouTube videos and clips from popular vloggers to help them understand the topics.

Public Health England (PHE) launched the series of lesson plans for teachers to help boost the resilience of young people and improve their mental health.

They will be taught during Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) classes in secondary schools – and ministers are now consulting on making them mandatory, like sex education classes.

Resilience lessons are designed to teach students coping strategies for dealing with everyday issues they face.

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Ministers are considering making the lessons mandatory[/caption]

Health leaders brought in the plans after a survey revealed one in three teenagers thought their body was “too fat” and one in five had experienced cyberbullying.

Prof John Newton, director of health improvement at PHE, said teaching children how to cope in school would make them more resilient into adulthood and in the workplace.

He added: “As natives of the social media world, young people have to navigate a minefield of challenges while enjoying the benefits of technology.

“The new resources will help young people develop coping mechanisms and life-skills to deal with diverse challenges, from cyberbullying and exam stress to body image, in a digital world.”


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