Talking with children and young people about race and racism
This guide will give you confidence to talk to children and young people about race and racism and develop their understanding and awareness.
The resources below help you to create a safe space for children and young people to ask questions and discuss race and racism. The Red Cross aim to help learners become more empathetic and resilient through kindness and mutual respect.
It provides information to help you prepare for a conversation and introduce the topic to learners. It also includes several activities and analogies to help children and young people explore and discuss the topic. There are separate documents for children (ages 3 to 11) and young people (ages 11 to 18).
The Red Cross Black Lives Matter resources for young people helps learners reflect on movement with a focus on how people might experience racism and how it might feel.
This provides an overview of what to expect from the resources. There are differentiated activities for primary and secondary learners.
1. Guidance: preparation
Advice for parents on how to prepare for and approach the subject. Have the confidence to talk to children and young people, how to raise the topic, create a safe space for discussion and respond to questions.
2. Creating an anti-racist environment: taking action
Explore ways in which children and young people can be an active ally with friends and family. Consider how it would feel to be supported.
3. Active listening: listening activity
Use this activity to set out an environment of active listening where people can share safely, and others listen and reflect on what is said.
4. Challenging stereotypes: discussion activity
Provide an opportunity to discuss what we mean by stereotypes and challenge some thoughts learners might have.
5. In my community: debate activity
Encourage learners to think about discrimination and equality in their local community and environment with this walking debate.
6. Video activity
Video activities for different ages exploring race and racism. For children, discover the importance of loving your skin. For young people, think about discrimination against key workers.
7. Celebrating similarities and differences: discussion activity
Explore the traits that make us who we are, what do we have in common with others? Discuss a series of statements about similarities and differences.
Make a plan of action with your children and young people and work on it together.
This resource was created in June 2020 by the British Red Cross.
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