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Media to Support Your Kid's Gender Identity

Games, apps, TV shows, and more that squash old stereotypes and promote acceptance of people who don't fit the mold.

Kids pick up a lot of cues about how they're "supposed" to look and act from the media. So it can be really tough for kids who don't fit into neat and tidy gender boxes. But, thanks partly to celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner and Jaden Smith, there's a lot more acceptance for kids who break stereotypes. Terms such as "gender-fluid," "non-binary," and "gender-creative" are entering pop culture. And plenty of kids' media is bringing awareness to the idea that it's OK to be whatever you want to be. But you don't have to have a kid who's "non-conforming" to appreciate kids who don't fit the mold. It's actually great for all kids to know that what they can do and become isn't dictated by whether they're a boy or a girl.

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Amanda Nojadera
Amanda has been reviewing books, movies, and music for Common Sense since 2013. She's a born-and-raised San Francisco Bay Area native and graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in English. When she isn't rooting for the Golden State Warriors, you can find her reading (favorites include Ender's Game, the Harry Potter series, and Ready Player One) while drinking large cups of coffee, like her favorite TV character, Rory Gilmore.