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Media to Support Your Kid's Gender Identity
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.
Movies, Apps, Games, and More
Classic Movies with Old-Fashioned Gender Roles
Turn cringeworthy moments into a chance to talk about sexism.
Bridge the gap between blue and pink with apps that offer open-ended gender roles.
Kids today are comfortable with lots of different pronouns, so try these titles to expand kids' horizons.
Common Sense Media Tips
Boys, Girls, and Media Messages in a Digital World
Help kids learn to recognize harmful gender stereotypes -- and not perpetuate them.
Children, Teens, Media, and Body Image
Learn how media messages shape kids' ideas about these topics.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project provides crisis-intervention and suicide-prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
Gender Spectrum offers toolkits and training materials to create gender-sensitive and -inclusive environments.