Parenting - Behaviour | 0-18 yrs

Say 'no' To Stereotypes!

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Indians are spiritual, French are romantic and Japanese are hard workers. Making such assumptions about an individual or a group of persons, which is not based on the reality, is termed as stereotyping. 

Your child’s interpretation of the people she shares the world with is, to a large extent, shaped by various stereotypes. These stereotypes are created based on gender, religion, ethnicity, economic strata and numerous other factors. While your child may enjoy good relations with those who are positively stereotyped, she may have adverse opinions about those who have been negatively stereotyped.

The golden rule says, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. In simple words, it means that you should treat others as you would like to be treated by them. So, if you don’t want your child to start stereotyping others around him, you should stop the habit as well. An article from Common Sense Media, titled ‘Tips for Battling Stereotypes’, suggests that parents must help their children take a critical look at what stereotypes mean and how they paint people unfairly.

It is important for parents to understand the concept of stereotyping to prevent their children from forming beliefs about individuals that may not be based on facts. 

Reading the articles in this ClipBook will give you an insight on how and why stereotypes are created, its effects on your child, and how you can prevent her from believing in stereotypes. 


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