Age seven to 10

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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.

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