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Before I read the article of Gender Representation, I had never realized that I was gender stereotyping my own children when they were young.  It was wrong buying them stuff based on their gender.  I may apply this aspect “resources for parents” under “digital and media literacy” to classroom teaching about “talking to kids about gender stereotypes.”  This topic also connects to digital citizenship and literacy.  The messages they hear and see will have a huge impact on how they perceive things.  By talking to them early on how media stereotypes boys and girls will help them feel normal or easy – if such as girls like the same things as what boys do and play and vice versa.  As parents, we have to point out that the choice is okay, as gender stereotypes can place kids at risk.  I do not agree that girls should look certain ways, or should pick certain sports, as for boys.  They should have choices and do what they like and what they are capable of doing.  It is the same thing with women portrayed as more concerned with relationships and the men are more into careers.  That is not true, otherwise women or mothers would not go out of their way to work to be able to take care of the family.  It is the same thing with video games and toys – boys are heroic and stronger, because girls are into make-up and fashion.  It may be true for some, but not for all.  I, however, am so keen on learning any sports, but with a whip of makeup on my face and I am good to go – not to the extreme of having a collection and looking in the mirror until it cracked… no way.  Introduce a new sport to me and I am it.  If all parents or adults would educate children about this issue, they would feel they fit in wherever they are.  Teachers can only educate children so much, but it is up to the parents to carry on.  When children are educated about gender stereotypes, they become understanding, tolerant, and respectable.  These traits can defuse digital drama in the future.  They will not be blatantly commenting on pictures, or messages they disliked online, but rather ignore them… that is exercising a positive digital footprint.

What do children know about informational text? This has a connection with the Common Sense Media about teaching children informational text (3-8).  This may apply to any subjects, but I am more focused on the common core of teaching children about what informational text is about.  Learning goal: Social Studies – children will know that it is non-fiction writing, with the intention of informing the reader about a specific topic – topics such as tolerance of one’s culture, language, and differences. I am to assign students an informational reading (The Candy Shop by Jan Wahl) so the next day we all be doing reading aloud in class and guided by me.  Students will understand that informational story relates to humans.  The book is about treating others with respect and understanding, and that careless written word can hurt someone’s feelings – same thing with being online, cyber bullying is one of the examples.  So with this activity, students will learn how to be respectful when online.  Afterwards, we are to read about “One Hen” by Katie Smith Milway.  Children will have fun doing fundraising and I realized that we can take fundraising online for better outcomes, and with the use of technology they can even promote their organization while exploring their creativity.  They may learn how to set up a page or website.

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