Developed by HRI Program Coordinator, Camila Dos Santos, M.Ed.
Seeking to learn and understand personal biases can help parents model the behavior and actions they wish to see in their own children.
A PBS resource for parents on talking to children about race states that being aware of your own bias is crucial as “really, what children pay attention to is adult behavior. They notice your body language. And they listen to what is being said around them.” (White, 2020). Check out the PBS resource on How to Talk to Children Authentically About Racism here!
We know that children learn from what adults do. A good place to start when talking with young children about racism is to understand your own biases and how they can impact your own behavior. These insights help to stay intentional about parenting and proactive about teaching young children to fight against injustices of all forms.