Resources for talking about race, racism, and racialized violence with kids

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As the laboratory school housed in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, the Colorado State University Early Childhood Center honors human connection. The ongoing violent and and racist events and the images rolling across screens in our homes are challenging for many reasons and can cause distress among young children.

The CSU Early Childhood Center has put together resources that will help parents start a healthy dialogue about racism and violence.

It is powerful to witness children grow their sense of agency in a setting that encourages questions and collaboration. They are practicing bravery and learning that they are worthy contributors to any conversation. With actions and words, teachers and parents can show children the value of every person in our communities, without exception and with joy.

Recent events may lead you to wonder how to best support your children’s understanding of the world around us. This article on CNN contains excellent tips for talking with children about violent events. We encourage you to consider the following:

• Limit media exposure
• Give your children space to talk and ask questions
• Reassure them that they are safe
• Talk about bad actions, not bad people
• Highlight the helpers

An additional resource can be found here on NPR.

General anti-hate, anti-bias, anti-racism resources

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Responding to current events around racism and violence