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“I’d be her.” “And I’d be her.” My 6-year-olds do this duet every time they encounter new characters through media—on-screen, in shopping catalogs, on book covers or toy boxes. I eavesdrop to catch what clues I can about how they’re thinking about themselves—how they’re constructing their identities. Kids develop a sense of themselves (self-identity) and a sense […]

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Around age 1  Kids can distinguish broadly and visually among racial groups. Between ages 3 and 4  Kids can group themselves and others based on racial, ethnic, other categories. Kids start to express prejudice. By age 5  Kids know some concrete aspects of racial stereotypes—especially visual features like skin color. Kids from high-status groups show […]

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