Sunday, September 29, 2013

Friday was a sad day for Newsround, as it was Joe Tidy's last day at the BBC before he moves on to Sky News.

Joe Tidy reporting for Newsround on Tuesday 9th April 2013 at 4.25pm

A series of Newsround reports about gender pressure concluded on Friday afternoon with kids talking about their own experiences and Dr Aaron Balick giving his expert opinion.

Leah: Joining me on the sofa is CBBC's agony uncle Aaron. Thank you so much for joining us.

Dr Aaron: You're welcome

Leah: So what did you make of those videos - lots of girls there talking about worries they have about their appearance?

Dr Aaron: Yes, sadly this is really common, girls do get really worried about their appearance. Part of the reason for this is they tend to focus on the parts of themselves they don't like much more than the parts of themselves that they do like. And if they could kind of reverse that, lots of girls would feel a lot better about the way they looked.

Leah: Now not many videos from boys, but they do have the same types of pressures. I guess it's just not as easy to talk about how they're feeling?

Dr Aaron: Yeah that's exactly right. Boys and girls have the same kinds of feelings, face different kinds of pressures, but experience them in the same ways. It's just that girls, for some reason, are allowed to speak about their feelings and it's like boys aren't. But boys would feel better if they could talk about their feelings, so it's really important they can find people they can talk freely with.

Leah: And if you had any advice about coping with pressure what would you say?

Dr Aaron: I would just say that there's really no one way to be a boy and there's no one way to be a girl and we're all different. And though we face some pressures, if we could try really hard just to be really who we are and try to ignore some of those bad pressures we'd be a lot happier.

Leah: OK Aaron, thank you so much for joining us.


Newsround is considering which big topic to cover next, and is asking for suggestions about the big issues that affect viewers' lives. However kids are told "You must ask your parent, teacher or guardian for permission before you send us a comment." So that's put paid to any children's problems about which they feel unable to discuss with those closest to them.

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