What children learn from their parents, family members and caregivers lasts a lifetime. From an early age and throughout their childhood, children learn from the adults who are central to their everyday lives. The values, principles and learning opportunities that are conveyed through modeling, exposure and action are critical. Therefore, it is important to create a home life that recognizes the diversity of our world, addresses bullying, opposes bias, and in small and large ways, challenges those injustices.
Below are strategies, tips, guiding principles and resources to help parents, family members and caregivers impart those values and principles to the children in their lives.
Table Talk: Family Conversations About Current Events
Table Talk: Family Conversations about Current Events provides parents and family members with the tools they need to engage in conversations about important news stories and societal and world events. Each guide includes a topic summary, discussion questions, ideas for taking action and additional resources.
Go to Table Talk.
Anti-Bias Tools and Strategies
- 10 Ways Youth Can Engage in Activism
- 25 Alternatives to the "How Was Your Day?" Question: Questions with An Anti-Bias Lens
- Challenging Biased Language
- Communication Guidelines Relating to Ability
- Definitions Relating to Bias, Injustice and Bullying for Parents & Family Members of Elementary-Age Children
- Discussing Hate and Violence With Children
- Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate
- Guidelines for Achieving Bias-Free Communication
- Helping Students Make Sense of News Stories About Bias and Injustice
- Love Has No Labels Campaign
- Toward Communication Free of Gender Bias
- We Are Family: Making Classrooms Inclusive For All Families
Bullying and Cyberbullying
- Bullying Prevention and Intervention Strategies for Families (English or Spanish PDF)
- Confronting Hate Speech Online
- Cyberbullying Warning Signs
- Internet Guidelines for Families (English or Spanish PDF)
- Statistics Infographic (English or Spanish PDF)
- The "Grown Folks" Guide to Popular Apps
- What To Do If Your Child Exhibits Bullying Behavior (English or Spanish PDF)
Books Matter: The Best Kid Lit on Bias, Diversity and Social Justice is ADL's online bibliography of recommended children's books about bias, bullying, diversity and social justice. The directory of over 600 books represents the best anti-bias and multicultural literature for parents and educators. Book of the Month includes discussion questions and learning activities.
Go to Books Matter.
Each Book of the Month now includes a Parent/Family Discussion Guide written especially for parents and family members. Each guide includes a summary of the book, conversation starters, talking points and additional resources.
Recent Book of the Month Parent/Family Discussion Guides:
- Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story
- The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade
- Gaby, Lost and Found
- Maddi's Fridge
Rosalind's Classroom Conversations
A monthly resource written by Rosalind Wiseman, best-selling author and bullying prevention specialist, featuring essays on bullying, current events and the social and emotional development of children.
- Are Boys Really That Easy?
- Online Behavior: We're Just As Bad As We Say Teens Are
- Every Conflict Isn't Bullying
The Question Corner
A collection of answers to frequently asked questions about anti-bias issues faced by family members and early childhood professionals interested in promoting respect for diversity among young children.
- How Do Children Learn Prejudice? (PDF)
- How Can I Prevent Gender Bias in Young Children? (PDF)
- Should I Initiate Conversations About Differences? (PDF)
Go to The Question Corner.