How do we talk about current events with our children? What are they old
enough to comprehend? Video games can help you contextualize the conversation.
My seven year old has been reading a series a graphic novels. It is some sort
of fantasy adventure. He loves it. When he had made it about ninety percent of
the way through book six, he turned to me. "Dad, there's no people with dark
skin in this book." I was proud of him for noticing. "Yeah," I said, "not in
most of your video games either, or the cartoons that you watch. Imagine what
it must feel like to be someone with dark skin and never feel like you're
considered normal." He looked at me pensively. I searched the internet for
some pictures of Ferguson. I had trouble explaining the situation. I didn't
have answers for all of his questions about why these things happen, but I
tried my best. Children are smarter and more sophisticated than you think.
Stop trying to shelter them. You can and should talk to them about most
things. You must adjust your language so that they can understand, you need ...