You’ve heard the expression that children are like sponges. While that platitude typically refers to infants and toddlers, that doesn’t mean that older kids aren’t absorbing lessons and mimicking behavior based on everything around them — including TV.

In fact, research has shown that children actually learn a lot from cartoons and other children’s programming. Obviously, they learn to count or spell, or even a whole new language. (Hello, Dora.) But what’s arguably more important than those lessons are the more subliminal ones about tolerance, gender equality, problem solving, and more.

As you dive headfirst into 2018, use that screen time wisely. We know that you don’t have time to pore over article after article and search the depths of Common Sense Media, so we’ve done it for you. We’ve rounded up the best kids shows if you care about gender neutrality, feminism, religious tolerance, and much more. Check them out, and don’t forget to SHARE these shows with other parents!