Girls will be familiarised with the concept of gender differences and stereotypes within the media.
Ask the children to stand in a space. Explain that you will call out a type of person or a type of job and you want the children to act out that person or the person who does the job. (Use the list below).
- Busy mother
- Office worker
- Pop star
- Elderly person
After the game ask the children why they chose to act in that particular manner – where did they get their information from?
- Children may suggest that they saw it on the television/in an advert/in a magazine/on a computer game or just in real life etc.
- Comment how many of their characters were very similar (baby crying, superhero flying, cleaner sweeping etc).
- Explain that labelling a group of people with a particular set of looks, personalities, likes and dislikes is called stereotyping.
- Explain how the media often use stereotypes and their ideas and assumptions are not necessarily true or realistic.
Ask the children:
- Are all teenagers moody or ‘way too cool’?
- Do all babies just cry and sleep?
- Are all elderly people frail?
- Do office workers only type?
Ask the children if they can think of ways when the media use stereotypes. Use prompts if they cannot think of ideas, for example:
- Clever people wearing glasses
- Mean Step-parents
- Old people not able to use technology
- A man cleaning the car