Parents across the country are looking for resources to help teach their young children about racism in America. By the age of  two and a half children can start developing and observing racial biases and at ages four and five they can begin to exhibit obvious bias. Black children can start to feel discriminated against because of their skin color at this age as well. 

This PBS video can help young children learn about the origins and meaning of Juneteenth. 

 

This PBS KIDS for Parents article offers advice to help parents prepare for difficult conversations and start discussions at an early age. 

Tips include:

  • Practice what you want to say before you say it and be aware of your own biases
  • Use picture books and activities to convey your message
  • Ask your child how they feel directly
  • Instill confidence in Black children through storytelling
  • Help children begin to understand how to be an ally

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: Eye for Ebony on Unsplash

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