Racism and discrimination harms everyone in our communities.

As a parent, you must assume children of almost any age may experience racism first-hand or are exposed to racism. Children may be called names or bullied. They may also overhear adult conversations, see online videos, or watch news coverage of actions ranging from unfair treatment or unkind words to violent protests or hate crimes. Some actions may make children feel afraid for their own safety or their family's safety. They might have questions about why people are hurting other people.

Ideally you can talk with them first, in ways they can understand, before they hear about it from other sources. When talking to your children, keep the following tips in mind:

It's OK to acknowledge that people are treated differently based on the color of their skin and where they live and share examples of this happening. But this is also...

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