How to Talk with Your Kids About Politics and the Media

Kids are naturally curious and more in tune with their environments than adults give them credit for. “It’s never too early to talk to your child about politics,” says Hoyt Phillips, interim codirector of Teaching Tolerance, which provides anti-bias resources to educators who work with children.

“Kids live in a connected world and are constantly interfacing with political messages, so discussing politics with them is a way to engage authentically,” Phillips says. These conversations can let your kids know that you value their thoughts and feelings.

Try these questions to start conversations on political topics:

  • What are rules? What rules do you think the government makes?
  • How are you protected and what keeps you safe?
  • What do politicians do when they go to work?
  • Do you think this law is a good idea (talking about a specific law)?
  • What would you do if you were in charge?
  • Do you think this law is fair? Why or why not?
  • What makes something true? Right?
  • Is everyone all bad or all good?
  • What makes a good leader? Does ___ have these traits?

For more recommendations for talking with kids around politics and the media, check out this article from PBS.

Source: Craig, K. (2020, October 20). How to talk to children about politics. PBS.