Children are aware of the stereotyped messages

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Unformatted text preview: g characters wearing turbans with meanfaces, large-noses, and wielding weapons; the "Bandits" are a recommended toy for children ages 3 and up. Children are aware of the stereotyped messages conveyed to them via mass media from a young age. Two out of 10 Latin American and Asian American children and 4 out of 10 African American children report that they see children of their race very often on TV compared to 7 out of 10 White children. Children of all races associate certain qualities-having lots of money, being well-educated, being a leader, doing well in school, and being intelligent-more often with the White characters on television, and associate other qualities-breaking the law, having a hard time financially, being lazy, and acting goofy-more often with the minority characters they see on TV. Children think the roles of secretary (79%), boss (71%), doctor (67%), and police officer (53%) on TV are usually played by White people, while the roles of criminal (59%), maid (35%), and janitor (35%) are usually played by African Americans (Children Now, 1998). IMPLICATIONS FOR CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING, AND BEHAVIOR Researchers have concluded that violence is a learned behavior and that the foundations for later aggressive behavior are e...
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