It’s well-documented that traditional media’s focus on looks and unrealistic body images affects the self-esteem of teens — particularly for girls. But what about where kids really live: Social media? New research points to the growing number of ways kids now compete and compare themselves online, from the number of Instagram followers they have to how they rate on a popular app, “Hot or Not?” We explore what today’s digital landscape means for teens and their self-esteem.


  • Caroline Knorr Parenting editor,Common Sense Media
  • Donna Wick Clinical and developmental psychologist; founder of Mind to Mind; consulting psychologist, the Freedom Institute Substance Abuse Treatment Center.

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