Common Sense Media Tip of the Week: Talking to Your Boys about Stereotypes

While most of us know the pitfalls of Photoshopped ads that pitch one concept of "perfect" bodies to everyone, ads are only the beginning. So many shows, movies, and games still only include a very limited number of body types, especially in the hero/heroine roles.
And though it may not seem like such a big deal, research shows that kids as young as 5 start to express dissatisfaction with their bodies. 

Girls aren't the only onesBoys have impossible stereotypes to try to match as well. Among the ways we can help balance out these messages is a really simple one: talking to our kids about them. When we pull back the curtain by calling them out, our kids will learn to spot them. We can also choose media that offers more realistic bodies in a wider range so that kids learn it's most important to be healthy and there's more than one way to be beautiful

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Located in San Francisco, CA, Cathedral School for Boys is an independent elementary school for boys in grades K-8. Our mission is to provide an excellent education through intellectual inquiry and rigor that is centered in the Episcopal tradition and is respectful of and welcoming to people of all religious traditions and beliefs.