Diversity: Let’s Change the Products Offered to our Children

Parents, if we simply rely on Disney and Mattel to decide what images reflect today’s children, we may be waiting a long time for diverse offerings. Many organizations, including Little Proud Kid, have realized that providing multicultural toys and media will require us to become the change we need in order to provide a more immediate solution. 

The Power of Play: Should There Be ‘Boys’ Versus ‘Girls’ Toys?

Toys are exciting and magical for children, allowing them to explore their creativity and test the outer limits of their imagination. Beyond that, toys serve an important practical and developmental purpose by helping them learn how the world works, allowing for social interaction and problem solving.

Our Diverse World Invisible in Toy Market

The 2014-2015 school year was the first time that non-white students outnumbered white students and the likelihood that the next person you meet will be of a different race or ethnicity stands at 55% (USA Today Diversity Index). That is set to increase to 71% by 2060 according to the same study, meaning the next generation, will have more than a 7 in 10 chance of encountering a different race or ethnic group. 

Culturally Diverse Playtime

We all know that understanding differences starts at home, but the discrepancies aren’t always represented or apparent under our roofs. Relevant literature indicates that children are aware of differences in other kids based on gender or race as young as two years old. As an example, racial awareness begins with self as a toddler to exploring individual identity and being able to identify stereotypes by five or six years of age. 

5 Tips for Talking to Your Children About Race and Culture

As precarious as racial sensitivity is today, it seems almost taboo to talk about the topic of race and the role it plays in our society, let alone magnifying the extent to which it exists.

We’re afraid that even broaching the topic of race, and highlighting dissimilarity in culture and color, will somehow distort the lens our children see differences through, banning their perspective to a ditch of racism that they will never be able to dig their way out of.