3 Damaging Stereotypes & How to Change Them

damaging stereotypes

Reading time: 7 minutes

Suitable for: Families of primary-age children

Read the secondary-age version of this QUICK READ


Stereotypes are fixed ideas about a group of people. For example, you might make assumptions about someone because of their race or age. We all hold stereotyped views, often without realising them.

Stereotypes often involve judging someone because of their:

  • Gender
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Lifestyle choices
  • Disabilities

This Quick Read focuses on common gender stereotypes, treating boys and girls differently because of fixed ideas we have about them. These stereotypes have been around for a long time. You’ve probably heard them from your parents and grandparents, and they are often used in films and books.




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