No Damsels in Distress Here.

 

Studies have shown that gender stereotypes have an impact on girls at a young age, and that role models from the entertainment they choose can have a lasting effect. Rest assured, Netflix is home to a number of strong female characters who mean business!

Shera and Jem were two shows featuring strong female leaders that I loved watching as a kid in the 80s. I’ve recently started re-watching them on Netflix with my girls and they are just as amazing as I remember.

One of our household favourite movies on netlfix is Tangled. Rapunzel is independent, smart and brave.  A wonderful role model who embodies the type of person I want my girls to be. Others we love featuring incredible female leads include Princess and the Frog, Zootopia, and Inside Out.

Beyond showcasing strong females, the shows your family watches on Netflix can inspire in other ways. Have you ever watched TV with your kids? Like really watched with them – what they re-enact, what they sing along with or what they dance to? Netflix has kids and family programming that celebrates the arts and can inspire kids to bring the story to life through their own talents. Unearth hidden passions or help your kids explore new interests by watching enriching content on Netflix as a family:

  • Discover artistic passions alongside your children with enriching content like Julie’s Greenroom — a new show starring Julie Andrews. The interactive show features a wonderfully diverse puppet cast that explores everything from singing to acting to writing and more.
  • Uncover new desires and interests for kids with Project MC², a teen live-action miniseries that unlocks young girls’ interests in science, technology and coding.
  • Check out Beat Bugs, where parents can join in on catchy sing-alongs and share their love for nostalgic hits from The Beatles.

 

These titles can serve for transitioning from an hour of TV time to your daughter asking for a book on HTML, to your son asking for piano lessons, or the kids asking to take a class at the community theater. Not sure where to start? Check out Netflix’s list of “Shows to Grow and Learn By,” to explore enriching titles as a family.

 

 

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