We live in a world where social construct has massive power over people’s standpoints, actions, and reactions. Speaking up and fighting for what you believe in has been more difficult to do in our society today more than ever. As a parent, or simply an older member of the household, it can be grueling and inconvenient to discuss controversial issues to children and young adults. How does one raise a child to be passionate and sensitive about subjects that matter? 

Human Rights and Racism In A Way Kids Will Understand 

Everybody is entitled to Human Rights without prejudice no matter the nationality, age, gender, or religion. Human Rights laws protect people from grievances brought about by many forms of inequality. These rights play an important role in making sure every human being gets the same access to education, jobs, health care, and more. 

Racism is bigger than just being a bad person. Racism is where someone thinks you are less of a person because of your color, ethnicity, nationality, or race. When other people treat people negatively or unfairly, this is called racial discrimination. 

Racism can affect anyone at any time. It can make someone feel like they are not important or do not fit in. Some people might feel hurt, depressed, or even furious. They can be affected by it even when it is not aimed at them, like if they hear someone discriminating against someone else’s culture.

Why Are Human Rights and Racism Considered A Major Issue Today?

Human rights violations and Racism have already been happening for decades. But today, these are not only rampant but are also being publicized by the media. In the hopes of destroying the harmful effects of racism and human rights violations all over the world, individuals and organizations have dedicated their lives to educating people about how respect, fairness, and love can make a difference. 

The Equality Act 2010 says you must not be discriminated against because of your race. Race can mean your color or nationality. It can also mean your ethnic or national origins, which may not be the same as your current nationality. 

International human rights law seeks to eradicate racial discrimination in the world through mutual arrangements. Yet the law’s impact on abolishing racism has not matched its intent.

How Can You Help Your Kids Understand Human Rights and Racism?
1. Find Out What They Know and How They Feel

Most children find it difficult to express their feelings through words. Moreover, some do not feel the need to express their feelings at all. Communication is an underrated concept that is genuinely crucial in guiding your children while they go out to the complicated world we live in today. This starts with you in the home. 

Always find time to talk to your kids. A simple question about how their day went can bring up both good and bad experiences that they wouldn’t normally tell their parents out of the blue. Ask them about how other people are treating them, what they think of their surroundings, and how they feel about certain things. Being in the loop provides an opportunity to educate and empower our youth.

2. Encourage Them To Ask Questions

Allow your children to be curious. They often ask questions out of curiosity. Experts say, if the child’s questioning is ignored, their desire to know will slowly get stunted. It is suggested that the best way for parents to encourage children’s curiosity is to stay curious themselves. 

It can be challenging at times to keep up with children’s questions, create an environment where children feel safe in asking questions, and be curious. Encourage children to ask questions in different settings, including your home, their school, around people, at events, and especially during confusing situations.

3. Express Your Emotions and Opinions Honestly and Constructively 

If a parent expresses their feelings and opinions honestly to their children, chances are, their children will do the same. By simply acknowledging feelings are a part of people’s daily life, it can help parents begin to grasp patterns, gain understanding, and deal with them accordingly. It gives your children the opportunity to empathize with and support you. 

Let your kids in. Let them hear why you think and feel a certain way about something. Through you, your children will have a better understanding of the situations around them, and will eventually have their own stance just by looking through your perspective.

4. Create An Open Environment That Recognizes and Celebrates Differences

As children develop their personalities and identity, they should also be learning acceptance of themselves and others. We are all alike and at the same time, we are different. We are all valuable in our own way. Parents can convey this message of acceptance by highlighting the ways in which children are alike and different from their friends. Help children see the beauty in their diversity.

Conclusion

While Racism and Human Rights are heavy topics that may not seem appropriate to discuss with children, these are things that affect the community that they are growing up in, and their faith in humanity. Walk with your kids on this journey to eradicating hate and violence. Remind them that it is never wrong to speak their hearts out and that the world would be more beautiful if only love and respect are abundant. 

Citations:

Talking To Your Kids About Racism

https://www.unicef.org/parenting/talking-to-your-kids-about-racism

What Are Human Rights

https://www.ohchr.org/en/issues/pages/whatarehumanrights.aspx