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Student boosts self-esteem in adolescent girlsStudent boosts self-esteem in adolescent girls

Student at Global Nutrition and Health, Linn Tornholm, is the founder of Projekt S, a course which offers tools for young girls for their presence on social media.

For young girls, the prevailing social media environment of today is overflowing with unrealistic body ideals, peer pressure, and cyberbullying. Projekt S equips girls between the age of 10 and 16 with useful tools for their time spent in the digital sphere.


Linn Tornholm is a student at Global Nutrition and Health. Photo credit: Rikke Milling, Nørrebrobladet.

Today's prevalent social media environment is often linked to causing depression in young girls, due to the unrealistic beauty ideals we see presented on various platforms, as well as the peer pressure and cyberbullying involved. "One is constantly being bombarded with a lot of different messages. This is the case on social media, as well as in magazines and newspapers, in which we read about 'diet of the week' or 'new research about health.' Even very young girls perceive these messages," says Linn Tornholm, the founder of Projekt S, a course which offers tools for young girls for their presence on social media.

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The idea came to the young entrepreneur in connection with her volunteering for 'Fit for Kids'. "I heard 9-year-old girls commenting on their thighs and stomachs. They believed that they were chubby, and they were sad because the pictures they uploaded on Instagram weren't good enough. And whenever one of the girls commented negatively on her own body, it affected all the girls around her at the same age. That's when I thought, this is necessary to address," says Linn Tornholm. Linn moved to Copenhagen from Norway three years ago to study Global Nutrition and Health at Metropolitan University College.