Adolescence Childhood

How to talk about race

Expert: Dr Harriet Tenenbaum
Masterclass structure: 7 lessons (24:46 minutes)

About this class

It can be hard to talk to your child about racism. You may find it uncomfortable or may want to protect your child from such issues. We hear you! However sadly, issues such as racism won’t go away simply but not talking about them. We know that babies notice skin colour from around 6 months and therefore it is important to start this conversations early. In this masterclass, you will learn how children understand race as well as useful tips to discuss this topic. This masterclass is of interest to all parents.

About the expert

Dr Harriet Tenenbaum is a Reader in Psychology at the University of Surrey. She is an expert on children’s and adolescents’ social and emotional development. She received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has received funding from the Leverhulme Foundation, the British Academy, NICHD, and the EU. Presently, she is an investigator of the Marie-Curie funded ITN, G-Versity examining gender diversity. She is the co-editor of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

Lessons in this class

8 Lessons (49:36min)
0. Lesson - The complete masterclass 24:50
1. Lesson - Meet your expert 0:26
2. Lesson - Why is it important to talk about race with your child? 2:35
3. Lesson - Why don't people discuss race? 5:27
4. Lesson - How do children perceive race? 6:51
5. Lesson - How to discuss race with white children 7:50
6. Lesson - How to discuss race with non-white children 1:13
7. Lesson - Take home message 0:24

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