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a parents guide to black lives matter

We know it can be hard to talk to your children about racism. Some parents worry about exposing their children to issues like racism and discrimination at an early age. Others shy away from talking about something they themselves might not fully understand or don’t feel comfortable discussing.  Conversations about racism and discrimination will look different for each family- and that's ok. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, the science is clear: the earlier parents start the conversation with their children the better.

Babies notice physical differences, including skin colour, from as early as 6 months. Studies have shown that by age 5, children can show signs of racial bias, such as treating people from one racial group more favourably than the other. Ignoring or avoiding the topic isn’t protecting children, it’s leaving them exposed to bias that exists wherever we live. Being silent is not an option.

To help you understand and start these conversations we are providing you with a guide on how to start an honest dialogue between you and your child(ren). This guide also does a great job of clearly explaining various terms and analogies using child-friendly explanations.

We recommend parents read the guide themselves first then create a distraction-free zone to have this conversation together.   

Article 2:(non-discrimination) The Convention applies to every child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status, whatever they think or say, whatever their family background.