How to explain diversity, privilege and prejudice to children

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  1. Reflecting on what you know — you’re not an expert on everything, it’s okay to acknowledge what you don’t know, and be willing to explore more with them. Correcting misinformation so that children know what’s true and what isn’t, challenge biased reporting or social media, or racist views expressed by others. Question a single view of historical events.
  2. Monitoring children’s responses — be guided by how much they know and understand and keep information age-appropriate.
  3. Limiting exposure to damaging stories or coverage — while it’s important for children to understand what’s happening, images in the news and social media are often designed to shock, and can provoke fear and anxiety.
  4. Showing empathy — acknowledge what children are feeling and encourage discussion that enables them to express themselves freely.
  5. Being willing to learn from children and young people — young people often have experience, views and understanding that we can all learn from.

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