A stereotype is a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. Two stereo types we have learned about are barbecues, in Australia everyone has a barbecue and has them all the time. A second stereotype is thongs, every Australian has a pair and is always wearing them. Stereotypes can be damaging to people or groups because they can be mean to certain people. The can take it the wrong way and can lead to violence. Three different Australian Accents are Broad, General and Cultivated.