Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Teaching diversity to children  

Because there are way too many ignorant morons in this world, I've vowed for years to raise my children to be intelligent, understanding, and open-minded. That's probably harder to do than it should be. My one main problem is: what movies and TV shows can I show to my children?! Of course I'll allow them to watch Disney movies and such if they so desire, but isn't there some children's show/movie that doesn't revolve solely around white heterosexual couples? I want my kids to know that there are all kinds of families and relationships, but there are so few children's cartoons that portray diverse people.

A few years ago, on the children's show "Postcards from Buster" an episode was made where Buster visited a lesbian couple. Of course they didn't talk about sex, they didn't attempt to explain what "sexual orientation" means to young viewers, they didn't even focus on the fact that the women were lesbians. Buster visits all kinds of families, and this family just happened to have two mommies. But for some reason, people decided that exposing children to the fact that there are all types of people in the world and teaching them to be respectful wasn't acceptable, and that specific episode of "Postcards from Buster" never aired.

I went on an online hunt to find any cartoons or kids shows that feature GLBT people. I was only able to find two. One is called "Buddy G, My Two Moms and Me":

The other is "Dottie's Magic Pockets":

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4 comments: to “ Teaching diversity to children

  • October 8, 2008 at 11:05 AM  

    I gather that your children are very young.

    Dora is a great children's show, as are many other shows on the Noggin channel.


    I grew up without any TV shows or even children's books that reflected an image I could relate to. Most were of solely white children. Now, there are a plethora of books that include black children. Images of bi or multiethnic children are still largely absent.

  • October 8, 2008 at 3:07 PM  

    Actually, I don't have children yet. I'm just trying to anticipate for when I do have kids. But I completely agree - Dora is definitely a great show!

  • November 6, 2008 at 11:32 AM  

    If you want to teach children the basics of diversity, I recommend you look at http://www.4bambini.com and their game called Diversity. it is for small children and worked wonders with my son, 5 years old. We'll see if it lasts, but so far, so good.


  • December 5, 2008 at 10:17 AM  

    Thanks for mentioning Buddy G, My Two Moms and Me!

    You can check out the website and buy the DVD at www.BuddyG.tv