Experts tell when to start talking with children about racism
Start talking with children about racism need from a very early age, told RIA Novosti in EqualiTeach British organization specializing in training and consulting in the field of tolerance and equality.
According to experts, children begin to notice differences among people at a very young age, and therefore it is important not to delay the beginning of discussions on this topic.
"Babies notice differences in skin color, and in three years begin to use race to separate people into groups. Conversations with young children about ethnic diversity will help them to appreciate differences, reject prejudices and build positive attitudes towards themselves and towards people unlike them," - said in a set of recommendations EqualiTeach.
According to experts of the organization, it is also important to extend children's ideas through books and toys. However, they note, it is important that children do not have the impression that the mention of skin colour – it's embarrassing.
"Skin color is a reminder of the history of the people and a key part of their identity" - they resemble.
Speaking about the differences of races and cultures, we must not forget about human traits.
"We all need care and love, we all need to sleep, eat, play. All need a home and clothing," they explain.
Speaking with children about issues related to racism, according to EqualiTeach, it is important to keep the balance: to avoid overly graphic details, able to settle in children fear, but encourage them to think and sympathy.
If the children are under the influence of the surrounding voiced about stereotypes, should not scold them, and ask counter-questions: "Why do you think that?" "On what basis do you think so?"
"Never leave racism without question, use the incidents as an opportunity for education," notes EqualiTeach.
Parents can also show children how they can at their level to contribute to combat racism, for example, to raise money and donate to charity, talk with peers, make the appropriate "posts" in social networks, write letters to Newspapers and local MPs.
"Young people have a voice, and they need help to use it" - experts say.