I Don’t Need a Role Model – I Just Want to See Me

Thursday 6th July 2017, 11:10am - 12:30pm BST

Showroom Cinema 2

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Most of us know that it’s important for every child to see someone ‘like me’ on screen and in books. But do we know why? What are the consequences for our children’s aspirations, career choices and future happiness if they don’t find characters to identify with in childhood? There may now be more diversity on screen and in books, and evidence shows that normalising difference combats stereotypes in childhood, but are campaigners for inclusion battling the mainstream and ‘real life’ conservatism? Whose responsibility is it for kids to see diversity, understand marketing and change their aspirations? When today’s children become programme makers and educators themselves, will inclusion have become second nature? If not, how do we get there, and why should we get there?