Surajit Khanna and Reena B. Patel Talk About Children, Riots and Protests
It’s a confusing time for anyone trying to understand and navigate these times of unrest. Adults struggle with the right things to say and how to properly react and with Social Media being what it is, a wrong word could cost you career, your friends, and more. In this blog, Surajit Khanna Talks About Children and Riots.
As Champion for Voice Of The Kids, Dr. Khanna recently had a video discussion with nationally known Parenting and Child Expert Reena B. Patel. She is a Licensed Educational Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Please watch the first video of this discussion here.
Imagine, for a second, how difficult it is for children to understand and adequately process this information. That is because it’s important to speak to children in an open and honest way about what is happening today. We need to be ready to answer their questions.
1. Be open and honest. Some people get treated unfairly based on their skin color, culture or religion. By doing this, we help prepare them to challenge these issues when they arise.
2. Model it. Talking to your child about the importance of embracing differences and treating others with respect is essential, but it’s not enough. Acknowledge difference and emphasize the positive aspects of our differences. Encourage your child to talk about what makes them different, and discuss ways that may have helped or hurt them at times. Similarities become more powerful. Remember silence indicates acceptance
3. Do something. Take a stand when you witness injustice. This is the time to help our children grow into adults who value and honor diversity.
4. For teens—keep talking. Use current issues from the news, as a springboard for discussion. Ask your teen what they think about the issues. Discuss the importance of valuing differences is essential, but modeling this message is even more vital. Evaluate your own circle of friends or the beliefs you hold about certain groups of people.
5. Encourage activism. Promote ways for your family to get involved in causes you care about.
6. Explain what protest means if developmentally appropriate for your child. Seven years and older is my recommendation. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and to voice it in America, but you also have to respect others’ opinions. A typical goal of non aggressive protest is to inspire positive social change and protection of human rights. Sometimes, people make poor choices and react with aggression because of the feelings they have. It is ok to protest in a friendly way.
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