Resources to Discuss Racism and Traumatic Events with Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides helpful resources and tips for families to have these important conversations.
Racism is harmful to our communities.
The Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) shares the University’s commitment to addressing the injustice of racism and promoting equity and inclusion for all.
Racism can create toxic stress in children, teens and families that negatively affects their health and development, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
During these stressful and tumultuous times, families may struggle with how to discuss the issues of race and discrimination with their children.
AAP and HealthyChildren.org, the official parenting website of the AAP, provide the following resources and tips to help your family determine what is age and developmentally appropriate for your child:
- American Academy of Pediatrics Condemns Racism, Offers Advice for Families for How to Talk to Their Children
- Talking to Children About Racial Bias
- Talking to Children About Racism: The Time is Now
- Childhood Exposure to Violence
- Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events