Helping Kids Process Violence, Trauma, and Race in a World of Nonstop News

Racism has a profound impact on the health and well-being of our kids. Right now, racism against the Black community is being laid bare for all families to see—from the pandemic’s disproportionate impact, to police brutality and other racist violence. With near-constant exposure to news and social media, more kids are witnessing violence and its aftermath firsthand. As elected leadership and institutions fail to protect Black lives, protests, anger, fear, and a nationwide call for justice have ensued, creating an opportunity to speak openly with our children. How can these conversations be most effective?

Please join child development, children’s health, and trauma-care experts to talk about ways families can support their children, one another, and a just future.

Allison Briscoe-Smith, PhD
Dr. Jacqueline Douge
Dr. Nathan Chomilo



All of Common Sense’s Race and Racism Resources —

How to Talk With Kids About Racism and Racial Violence —

How White Parents Can Use Media To Raise Anti-Racist Kids —

AAP Article by Dr. Jacqueline Douge:


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