Tweens react to Caitlyn Jenner
Watch these interesting reactions from tweens as they discuss Caitlyn’s transition.
Parents may shield their children from some stories in the media, but children can actually have more understanding than we give them credit for. Take the transition story of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner. At face value it’s a complex story, one which parents may find difficult to share with their kids for fear of not having answers to tricky questions. Media-literacy group Hatch filmed the reactions of some tweens to the Caitlyn Jenner story, and you’ll probably be surprised by their understanding and empathy.
My daughter feels she should rather be a boy
'My son doesn't want to be a boy'
A kid called 'gay'
The kids are shown a picture of Bruce next to one of Caitlyn and are asked to describe what they see. Then they are told that it’s the same person.
The interviewer then shares the positive and negative reactions Caitlyn’s story received on social media channels and asks the kids to respond to those. Here’s one great reaction:
"It's important to be yourself because if you're not yourself, then who are you?"
The Hatch interview technique is actually an extremely useful tool for parents wanting to broach certain topics for discussion with their children: ask the child a question and then find out what they think. Get the child to ask questions, too. You don’t have to overload a child with information or correct every answer you consider wrong, but simply have a conversation.
There have been many stories in the media about people who have lacked understanding about Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation, including stories of celebrities and others who have openly mocked her.
Although it’s not likely something that comes up in conversation for many families, her story could be a way to gently introduce your child to an understanding that occasionally people may feel uncomfortable with expressing themselves with the gender assigned to them at birth, and they may want to express themselves as either both genders or as the opposite gender.
Maybe your own child is one wrestling with the concept of gender identity.
It’s just part of a bigger conversation about self-image, judging others on appearances and acceptance of the choices other people make with their lives.
Watch: #hatchkids discuss Caitlyn Jenner via Hatch/YouTube
Do you discuss current affairs with your kids?