Addressing Antisemitism ECE

  • The American Psychological Association stresses that for children in groups that are likely to be targets of discrimination, it is vital for parents to have ongoing, honest discussions with their child rather than shying away from the subject.
  • Mr. Rogers said that when scary things happen on the news, we should look for the helpers. Reassure your child if/when incidents of antisemitism occur that most people do not hate Jews. You can highlight groups and individuals who have spoken up against antisemitism, including Muslim groups that have raised money to help repair Jewish tombstones that were damaged in local cemeteries as a show of support and solidarity. 
  • Encourage your child to feel comfortable asking questions and sharing concerns.
  • Find opportunities for talking about allyship – If someone else is being bullied or discriminated against, how can we support them? How would you want to be supported by others?
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