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Stereotyping Teenagers

This user-created video was produced by students at a British school and uploaded to Youtube in 2009. It features students and a teacher talking about the stereotypes that teens face, the social categories often prescribed to groups of students, and the role of the media in the process.


What stereotypes do the students and teacher discuss in this clip?

Where do some of these stereotypes come from?

The video was made by students, do you think it would have been different if made by teachers? In what ways?

What are the different “types” or “groups” of students that you see in your school (for instance, jocks, popular girls, skaters, smart kids, etc)? How does the media industry and products serve to shape your conceptions of these different types?

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