So much programming has aired and continues to come out (thanks, Sesame Street!) that speaks directly to children about the current issues our world is facing, from the pandemic to racism and other social justice issues. An upcoming PBS Kids special is no different, but it also aims to help parents navigate productive discussions about the subject of race by showing actual conversations as they are happening.
The half-hour special, PBS Kids Talk About: Race and Racism, will feature "authentic conversations between real children and their parents" in the hopes that such a fly-on-the-wall experience will offer caregivers effective strategies about how to begin and build on these important — but less intimidating than they seem — chats at home, no matter the starting place.
"The show will feature kids and their parents talking about race and racial justice-related topics in an age-appropriate way, such as noticing differences in race, understanding what racism can look like, and embracing the role we all have to play in standing up for ourselves and each other."
Of course, the program will include clips from PBS Kids series like Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Arthur, and Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, but it's a show parents should certainly not tune out.
PBS Kids Talk About: Race and Racism will air Oct. 9 on PBS stations nationwide. It will also be available to stream on pbskids.org, the PBS Kids Video app, and on PBS Kids' social media accounts.