How to talk to kids about racism: Expert shares tips on educating children about protests, racial violence

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
How do you explain racism to children? Expert shares tips on educating kids
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Dr. Beverly Tatum joins ABC7's Kristen Sze to explain the importance of educating children on racism amid nationwide protest after the death of George Floyd.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- How much or how little should we say to our kids about the topics of racism and protests happening in our country?

Dr. Beverly Tatum, psychologist and author of "Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?", speaks with ABC7's Kristen Sze about how and why it is critical to speak to children about the demonstrations we are seeing nationwide and racism in general.

According to Dr. Tatum, children will "hear about it so they need caring adults to listen and help them process," adding that "anxiety doesn't go away if you are silent and avoidance doesn't make people feel better."

Dr. Tatum shared tips on what to say that would be appropriate for children of all ages. She said the most important part of the conversation is to "listen carefully to one another and speak up so we know we are not in this alone," which are some ways to help build bridges.

Take a look at the latest stories and videos about the investigation into George Floyd's death in Minneapolis and protests across the U.S.

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