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We at Code Savvy, an equity-focused community organization, feel a responsibility to speak out to denounce racism and oppression in all forms. We cannot stay silent about the tragic, senseless, incomprehensible death of George Floyd.
We stand with all of the impacted communities as we navigate through this time of crisis. Our team would like to pass along a few resources for parents and educators as we talk with children about what happened and how we move forward together to interrupt and counteract racial biases that exist in the world around us.
Children look to us to talk with them about what is going on. It is never too early to talk with our children about race. Take a look at this resource from Children’s Community School to see some research on how children of different ages notice and respond to race.
How do we talk with kids about race? We start by examining ourselves, our experiences and our beliefs. Then, we invite conversation and questions, and we speak intentionally and authentically. We seek out resources that help to guide us.
The American Psychological Association has some advice on how to talk with children about difficult news and can be found at https://www.apa.org/topics/talking-children.
We believe we are stronger together, and the change has to begin with each of us. We all play an important part in creating inclusive spaces where the voices, hopes, dreams, interests, rights and lives of our children are valued and protected.
What are some of your favorite resources for talking with children about race, social justice and difficult issues? Please feel free to share with us so that we can share with others!
We hope you and your family are safe -- please reach out if there is anything we can do to support you now or in the future.