Here are some resources for our littlest activists, and the gownups they hang out with.
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” - Malala Yousafzai
Teaching Inclusiveness to Kids
- Notice your own attitudes. Parents who want to help their kids value diversity can be sensitive to cultural stereotypes they may have learned and make an effort to correct them.
- Maintain a Zero-Tolerance policy on bullying, despite what the president or anyone else does.
- Remember that kids are always listening. Be aware of the way you talk about people who are different from you. Do not make jokes that perpetuate stereotypes. Try not to laugh at jokes that perpetuate stereotypes.
- Select books, toys, music, art, and videos carefully. Make sure kids have diverse choices.
- Point out and talk about unfair stereotypes that may be portrayed in media.
- Answer kids' questions about differences honestly and respectfully. This teaches that it is acceptable to notice and discuss differences as long as it is done with respect.
- Acknowledge and respect differences within your own family. Value the uniqueness of each member of your family.
- Remember that tolerance does not mean tolerating unacceptable behavior. It means that everyone deserves to be treated with respect — and that everyone should treat others with respect as well.
- Help your children feel good about themselves. Kids who feel badly about themselves often treat others badly.
- Give kids opportunities to work and play with others who are different from them.
- Read more about tolerance from these sources:
Teaching Racism and Privilege to Kids
Kids can notice differences in skin color as early as 6 months old, which means that starting a conversation about racism and privilege is crucial for parents and caretakers of young children.
There are different ways to approach this, but most articles agree that talking about it is the most important thing. Keeping the conversation going involves the inclusion of diverse toys and media choices, exploring representation and taking kids and their evolving opinions seriously.
Keep talking. Silencing kids for their evolving views on race and differences only send the message that racism is taboo and should not be explored.
Read more about racism and privilege from these sources:
- 4 Things We Should All Teach Kids About Racism Right Now
- Talking to our Children about Racism and Diversity
- How to talk to Kids about Racism: An age by age guide
- How do you explain racism to your black son?
- Why White Parents Should Teach Their Children About Race
- Detour Spotting For White Anti-Racists
- Hey Kids, It’s a White Privilege Checklist
- Confronting White Privilege
Teaching Intersectional Feminism to Kids
Teaching kids about feminism at a young age will help empower them to accept themselves as the exact person that they are, not the person society expects them to be. Making sure that feminism is intersectional will teach young people to support all women, not just those with common experiences.
As one author and parent puts it, “I’m just saying that, if intersectional feminism is about shifting narratives, defending freedom, promoting equality, and allowing for women to fully own themselves, these values should carry over into one's parenting.”
Read more about intersectional feminism from these sources:
Teaching the Dangers of Bullying to Kids
The Human Rights Campaign recently reported on survey results which state that 50,000+ youths have reported spikes in bullying and harassment since the November election of Trump. With this in mind, here are some resources for kids and parents to help deal with bullying.
- Call for help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
- Read more about bullying from these sources: