How to teach children not to discriminate

Children learn to discriminate, in no case are they born knowing how to discriminate and discrimination does not arise spontaneously. Discrimination starts at home.

If a child discriminates against his peers, it is surely because he has observed this type of behavior in his environment and has incorporated it into his repertoire. Children simply assume as their own the value judgments made by the social context in which they operate. On our site we show you how we can teach children not to discriminate.

In my professional career as a psychologist, I have been able to verify that children are much more tolerant and act normally when interacting with people who are different from them.

On most occasions, in the workshops that I carry out with groups of children, I observe that children rarely treat each other unfavorably by gender, age, religion, race, nationality, language, disability, sexual orientation, etc.

It is important that we bear in mind that children are not alien to discrimination problems and, of course, we adults have to guarantee their right not to be discriminated against. We have an obligation to eliminate any type of child discrimination if it is within our power.

- To promote an education in the home based on respect, tolerance, equality and acceptance of individual differences.

- Teach the child to think, feel and act in an inclusive way.

- Pay attention not to discriminate against other people in front of our children, taking care of our words and our actions. If discrimination is learned, the behavior that we have as parents is vitally important that it is exemplary.

- Point out the child and correct him if we observe any sign of discrimination towards other people, whatever the reason.

- Teach the child to be empathetic with others.

- Encourage the child to have a flexible mind by promoting knowledge of different cultures through travel, movies, books, etc.

- Convey the idea that we are all different, unique and unrepeatable but that despite our differences we are united by many similarities.

- Let him know that none of us are better or worse than others for having more or less money, having lighter or darker skin, being of one nationality or another, etc. Insist that what really makes us better is being good people and making others feel good.

- All the people are different. Therefore, we cannot expect that all children are treated in the same way.

Being different is not the problem but rather the problem arises with the use that some people make of those differences. Many times, differences are used to justify pejorative treatment of the other. As adults, we have an obligation to do everything possible so that no child is treated in a discriminatory way in our society today.

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