Age seven to 10
At this age, children:
Attribute certain qualities to men and women, for example, women are more emotional and affectionate and men are more ambitious and aggressive.
Associate specific occupations and academic subjects with each gender.
Self-segregate based on gender – boys want to play with boys, and girls want to play with girls.
Want some choice over what they watch but still respect parents’ input.
What you can do
Recognise characters who defy gender stereotypes. Check out a movie such as Big Hero 6 and say, “It’s OK to show when you’re sad – and boys shouldn’t be embarwho rassed to cry.”
Praise characters are instrumental to the storyline for what they do versus what they look like. Stream Project Mc2 on Netflix and say, “For the girls on ‘Mc2,’ being good at math and science are more important than their appearance.” Seek out movies and shows with non-stereotyped characfor ters, example, female characters with realistic body types and non-aggresmale sive characters. Try a show such as Andi Mack where the characters wreswith tle peer pressure to look and act a certain way to fit in.