RMS teachers and staff work to provide a safe space and opportunities for students to ask questions, share perspectives and acknowledge the impact that racism and violence has on our community. Communication at home is also essential in helping students process thoughts and feelings around issues of racism and violence. The following article provides guidance and tips for parents and caregivers on how to encourage conversations.
The article outlines guidelines to consider when talking with youth. These include:
- Validate their feelings
- Don’t avoid talking about it
- Be clear, direct and factual
- Encourage questions (and don’t worry if you can’t answer them)
- Try to be calm, but don’t hide your emotions
- Rely on your support system
- Keep the conversation open
- Explore resources
You can read the full article, Talking to Kids about Racism and Violence, on the Child Mind Institute website (English | Spanish).
You are welcome to reach out to RMS support staff if you have questions or concerns.