Talking about Racism
There have been many examples of people’s kindness for each other over the last few months. But the opposite has also been seen, especially racism. Talking to your child about race, tolerance and inclusion can help them process the events in the news. It can also help them develop their social awareness and responsibility. This is one of the core competencies in BC’s curriculum.
Resources to help:
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice: Video reading of a story about two families (one Black, one White) speaking to their children about why a Black man was shot by police.
Raising an ally: How to talk to your child about the death of George Floyd, anti-Black racism: Global News article on why it’s important for Canadian parents/caregivers to talk to their children about racism, especially white parents. Includes related links and videos.
How to talk to kids about racism: An age-by-age guide: Today’s Parent article on appropriate discussions for different ages from infancy to teens.
How to Teach Racial Acceptance: Parents Canada article on ways to respond to racism at home and at school.
Kids Learn about Race Younger Than You Think. Talk to Them Before That: HuffPost Canada article on talking to your child and why it’s important. Includes relevant links.
How to talk to kids about race and racism: From the Adoptive Families Association of BC, a parent reflects on how children notice differences and offers suggestions for developing a home environment that values diversity.
Talking to kids about hate in media: Media Smarts article and tip sheet on how to help children deal with news stories on hate crimes.
Common Sense Media Resources About Race and Racism: Articles and media recommendations to help parents/caregivers and educators talk to kids about racism. Links to Spanish resources are included.
#DifferentTogether: Join Me in Opposing Racism: Lieutenant Governor of BC invites citizens to pledge to oppose racism.