Let’s Talk host Karen Tao, licensed psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Utah, studies how individuals understand and talk about race and other social identities. As a parent of two elementary age children, Karen is very aware of the amount of work that goes into becoming an informed and socially conscious parent. As early as age two, children can begin to articulate ideas about racial differences and develop judgments on what these differences mean.[i],[ii],[iii] Preschoolers of all races exhibit pro-White, demonstrating less positive attitudes toward kids of color[iv]. By the age 4, children can require explicit teaching to reverse racial biases[v].
“Kids can pick up a lot of misinformation through media, books, and playground interactions. As the parent it’s essential to be the trusted and safe source to questions, feelings and concerns. Having these open and safe conversations can build empathy, compassion, and kindness in our children.”— Karen Tao, Let's Talk Host