Sesame Street Explains Black Lives Matter

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What to expect

Looking for guidance on how to discuss the worldwide protests? Are you searching for ways to explain what racism is to young children? Talking about race isn't easy, and CNN has teamed up with Sesame Street to produce a 5-minute special episode for families on how to talk about Black Lives Matter, an international human rights movement which campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards Black people.

In this informational Sesame Street video, Elmo’s dad explains racism and Black Lives Matter to a three-year-old, Elmo. It is the ideal way to teach our kids about prejudice and inclusivity. For many parents, conversations about race and racism can be hard and some will shy away from talking about something they themselves might not fully understand or don’t feel comfortable discussing, but it’s never too early to talk to your children about equality and discriminatio together.

Elmo's dad, Louie, shows it's possible to discuss discrimination and diversity, without tip-toeing around the matter. Kids watching the video may feel similar to Elmo, who is confused at first by his father's explanation of racism. This video will provide valuable information about the way systemic racism works and open up discussions around race with your kids and allow them to ask questions so they have a better understanding of the history behind discrimination.

It's vital to talk about race and racial prejudice from an early age, and this video will open up the conversation with your kids. A great way to get the topic introduced to your kids. It's okay not to have all the answers and there are loads of resources to help you out, including The Atlantic's simple guide to talking to your kids about diversity and race.

What you’ll need

  • All you need is a quiet spot to watch this Sesame Street video for 5 minutes with one another.
  • Make sure you have a good WiFi connection for the best user experience.

What you’ll do

  • Elmo’s dad explains race and racism and the Black Lives Matter movement in this informational video.
  • Need more resources on discussing Black Lives Matter? Join Nekole from Kids OT Help as she discusses how to educate yourself and why it's important to start having these conversations now in order to raise anti-racist kids.




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