Why It’s So Important for Kids to see Diverse TV and Movie Characters

By: | March 15, 2018

File 20180306 146694 k5m19s.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Television continues to be the main source of media consumption for kids.

Julie Dobrow, Tufts University; Calvin Gidney, Tufts University, and Jennifer Burton, Tufts University

The hype surrounding “Black Panther” has been as hyperbolic as any feat its characters might perform, with the film being praised for its layered story and what’s been described as its “Afrofuturist” cast. And “Black Panther” will be joined by “A Wrinkle in Time,” another film with blockbuster potential and an interracial cast.

But no matter how much money or how many awards films like “Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in Time” amass, our research strongly suggests another reason they’re important: Children need a diverse universe of media images. And for the most part, they haven’t had one.

Some progress, but