A fundamental aspect in the education of children is education in values. All parents want to raise children who respect others, who are tolerant, who do not discriminate ... It may seem that racism is a thing of the past, that separating or treating others differently because of their skin color is something that has practically been left behind , But is this really so?
As we can educate children against racism and avoiding stereotypes linked to race or skin color? Because even if we don't want to see it, intolerance still exists. And in the era of technology, harassment or exclusion does not have to be visible, it can spread through the networks quickly and almost without realizing it.
We can say that children are born without prejudice. A one-year-old baby does not care the place of origin of his park companion, he may find it different or striking, but they do not judge whether it is good or bad. So, how do these behaviors appear in children and how can we avoid them? The answer lies in education, in what the child sees and hears in their environment, not only in the family, but also in school and in the social environments in which they develop.
As in so many other aspects of the education of children, the role of the adults around them is fundamental, so the example we give here is also very important. For avoid stereotypes that can lead to prejudice or racist behavior, we have to take care, for example, the comments that adults sometimes make (not all adults, not always). Children are like little sponges who take everything, so here we have to take special care.
On one occasion, a boy told me that he did not play with a boy in his class because he was a gypsy (it could have been yellow, blue or green). When I asked him why he thought this, he said, 'I don't know, my parents told me.' And if your parents have told you, or your teachers or an older person, then it is true. And so we are planting little seeds that later grow andthey become firm beliefs.
It is important then, to help children to put themselves in the place of the other, to develop empathy, to teach them to respect others whatever their origin, their skin color, their features, their religion ... And for that, nothing better than knowledge. As well as for children to learn a language from a young age, we try to ensure that they have a linguistic immersion (drawings, books, sports, etc.), the best thing for them to understand and respect other cultures is that they have contact with them and know them.
Some tips to educate on respect and tolerance at home:
1. Be an example
Parents should act as they would like their children to act
2. Explain racism to children
Talk to your children about the differences between cultures, and explain what prejudices or the racism.
3. Help them put themselves in the shoes of others
How can we feel if we go to another country and other children don't let us play because we are from abroad?
4. Expose children to difference
As we live in a multicultural and diverse society, we can participate in activities that bring us closer to other cultures. Exhibitions, festivals of different cultures (sometimes Chinese New Year, Ramadan, etc.). If we already celebrate Halloween or Santa Claus, why not also know other festivities?
5. Correct discriminatory behaviors of children
If at any time our child makes a comment that seems discriminatory, it will be important to talk to him and try find out why you think like this, if you have heard it somewhere, and help you see the negatives of such comments. We could go back here to the point of 'how would I feel if ...'.
6. Answer and attend to your demands
It is easy to see events in the news in which the accent is placed on the origin of the one who has committed a crime, (a thief of origin X), so children can ask themselves whether all those of that origin are bad. Here it is essential to make it clear to them that it does not matter where you are from, that there are bad people around the world and the origin or skin color have nothing to do with it.
Finally, a quote from Nelson Mandela that I find wonderful:
No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin, or their origin, or their religion. People have to learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can also be taught to love, love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
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