How Stereotyping Damages Our Youth

Photo Cred. Motherjones.com & HBO

I remember a couple of years ago when my niece and nephews were around 8- 9 years old and just started to watch Disney channel. There used to be these shows with these smart guys and girls in their age, I think one of them was called The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

Once my sister expressed her concern, that she was not fond of her kids watching these shows. I thought it was because of some puberty thing or things going to fast for the kids and asked her what was wrong with it?

Read more about how encourgement and support can help change childrens outlook.

Being a teacher working with kids, she had noticed that there were a lot of stereotyping in these kids show.

There where the “popular white kid” and the “cool African-American kids”, the “smart Asian kids”. The only times there was someone who looked like my nieces and nephew, was in the shape of the “stinking falafel guy”.

I remember thinking how annoying stereotyping was. But since I didn’t have any kids back then, I didn’t bother too much about it.

I have a 3-year-old boy who has started to get more interested in watching things online, especially on YouTube. There is so much crap on YouTube disguised as children’s shows, that you have to keep a good eye on what your kid is watching.

Part of this crap is stereotyping.
We always make sure that he doesn’t see anything like that.
A few days ago my husband sent me an article called “Why Do Cartoon Villains Speak In Foreign Accents?
Reading this article was scary, just knowing how early we are “brainwashed”, to think in a certain way.
How we learn to associate different accent with different groups of people and develop them vs. us mentality so early on .

A quote from the article:
“Research has shown that kids use TV as a key source of information about other ethnic groups, as well as about their own ethnic and racial identities.

Linguists have also found that not only do people make judgments about their peers’ intelligence and education levels based on language characteristics (with those who speak standard dialects usually being viewed as smarter and better-looking) but also that those judgments often shape how a person or group of people is treated.

These patterns imply that when children see a correlation between evil and foreignness, or between evil and low socioeconomic status. There’s a good chance they are internalizing negative perceptions of themselves or other groups.

(Like in the Beauty and the Beast, where the Pendulum Clock who is the Head Chief Steward of the house have British accent and Candelabra who is the head waiter has an Italien accent.)

According to Rosina Lippi-Green, a linguist who has written on the uses of language in Disney movies. Its because children learn through repetition. “You show them a pattern, you keep showing them that pattern … of course they’re going to assimilate that,” she continued”.

Talking to the creator of the cartoons doesn’t solve the issue, they only look at what has been commercially successful shows and roll with that, because for them money counts.

To get an idea, see what Apu from the Simpsons has done for the Indien community in the US, here.

My son is being raised in an international multicultural environment, coming from a mixed family. His Dad being Swedish and Mom being Pakistani, with friends from all over the world.
Kids are so innocent at this age they don’t see difference or color in people. Our aim is that he stays this way.

I remember growing up in Denmark. There were only white characters on TV and there was this stereotypical family type. We were not like that and there was always this awareness of being different. I know many who struggled with being one person at home and one person when out.
People that had a hard tome trying to merge those two worlds.

Read about how social media affect our kids.

It is so important that every race is present in both a good and in a bad way. So that kids can see the differences and learn to accept everyone. If these companies that produce these shows truly want to be global, the need to represent people globally.

Until then we can follow this advice from Julie Dobrow, a senior lecturer at Tufts who specializes in issues of children and media:
“To be able to make your children into media-literate viewers. If a parent or sibling or caregiver is there with a child watching television or a film, this. Can make anything into an educational experience.”

Comments

  1. clomid 100mg

    Chemoreceptors have not many multidimensional keyboards for which theyР Р†re restarted clomid uk price For or friction potentially thru and with again

  2. VictorCloli

    also proletarian your regional family??s differentials from this song episode. order cialis pills online druggist’s no previous you choice require how to use.

  3. viagra prices

    My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.

    I have always disliked the idea because of the costs.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on several websites for about a year and am concerned about switching to another platform.

    I have heard very good things about blogengine.net.
    Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts into
    it? Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated! http://cleckleyfloors.com/viagra

  4. who needs viagra

    I’ve been surfing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any interesting
    article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.
    In my view, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be a lot more
    useful than ever before. http://herreramedical.org/viagra

  5. over the counter hydroxychloroquine for sale

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts.
    After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon! http://herreramedical.org/chloroquine

  6. purchase hydroxychloroquine 200mg online

    I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here. The sketch is
    attractive, your authored subject matter stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get got an shakiness over that you wish be delivering
    the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case
    you shield this hike. https://hydroxychloroquineb.buszcentrum.com/

  7. tadalafil 75 mg

    Thank you for some other informative blog. The place
    else may just I am getting that kind of info written in such an ideal means?
    I have a undertaking that I am just now working on, and I have been at the look out
    for such information. https://cialis.lm360.us/tadalafil

  8. hydroxychloroquine prevent covid 19

    After exploring a handful of the articles on your blog, I truly like your way of blogging.
    I saved it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back
    in the near future. Take a look at my website as well and tell me your opinion. https://hydroxychloroquinec.confrancisyalgomas.com/

  9. generic cialis 5mg australia

    It is appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy.
    I’ve read this post and if I could I wish to suggest
    you few interesting things or tips. Perhaps you could write next articles
    referring to this article. I desire to read more things about it! https://cialis.advantagetriseal.com/tadalafil

  10. green sildenafil 3800 mg 6 tablet

    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I
    think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang
    of it! http://www.deinformedvoters.org/sildenafil-price

  11. hydroxychloroquine banned in france

    Hello! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came
    to take a look. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m
    bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Fantastic blog and
    brilliant design. https://hydroxychloroquineg.grassfed.us/

  12. Jerrod Mcwayne

    ブランドスーパーコピー後払い,スーパーコピーブランド代引き.

    http://www.bvs.hn/

  13. Roxanna Naderi

    If you want to be young, you need a real person wig, thin hair and white hair, and you still want to slap them? Hurry up and find Do Laimi to send additional issuance! Want to change hairstyle anytime? Do Laimi can wear a real wig.

    http://www.bvs.hn/

  14. generic vidalista reviews

    Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The
    words in your post seem to be running off the screen in Ie.

    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do
    with browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to
    let you know. The style and design look great though!
    Hope you get the problem solved soon. Cheers http://herreramedical.org/vidalista

  15. Heriberto Depaoli

    If you want to be young, you need a real person wig, thin hair and white hair, and you still want to slap them? Hurry up and find Do Laimi to send additional issuance! Want to change hairstyle anytime? Do Laimi can wear a real wig.

    http://www.bvs.hn/

  16. Ralph Zolinski

    If you want to be young, you need a real person wig, thin hair and white hair,1 and you still want to slap them? Hurry up and find Do Laimi to send you haha additional issuance! Want to change hairstyle anytime? Do Laimi can wear a real wig.

    http://www.bvs.hn/

Add A Comment