In an era rife with division, bias incidents darken our news feeds and escalate our anxiety. Parents Magazine asked leading experts how parents can shield their children from—and shepherd them through—a world that seems hell-bent on hate.

“Kids are very aware of ways we differ, but they aren’t born identifying people with a particular race, gender, or ethnicity,”

David Schonfeld, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement

Unfortunately, Americans are seeing all types of hate—racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia—enjoying a grotesque golden age. Parents worry that their children will be exposed from early childhood, warping their views about diversity and inclusion. But here’s some hopeful news: You can counter hate’s insidious reach before it’s too late. Parents Magazine asked experts in child psychology and the fight against bigotry for guidance about putting malevolent events and beliefs into context, dispelling little ones’ misapprehensions, and empowering your kids to be forces for good.

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