Kids at this age are learning about the election in schools on a basic level. Now is the best time to start becoming their trusted source before they start looking to social media and friends for their information. Kids at this age understand that an election is happening but aren’t ready to talk in-depth about issues like immigration or healthcare. Most likely, your children are going to ask you questions about what they hear at school or on TV – start to decide how much “political talk” you are comfortable exposing your child to and what TV access (if any) you’re going to allow.
- Politics can be scary! Political advertisements are often dark and frightening. Don’t scare them – this probably isn’t the best age for political advertisements either.
- Talk to your kids about the role of the president, the role of Congress, and especially NOW, the role of the Supreme Court.
- Kids can sense their parents’ fears and frustrations. If they feel like you are worried or angry about the election, they will be too. Comfort their fears and let them know that you’re here for them and that things will be okay.
- Lead by example. Take your kids with you to the polls on primary/caucus day and Election Day! Let them be part of the process.
- If they are excited about the idea of elections or want to learn more, introduce them to School House Rock or take them through some of the activities below.
Activities and Resources
- School House Rock videos
- Have your child write down what they would do if they were president – how would they want to impact our country?
- Watch Election Day results in real time – how do the results come in, and what do they mean?
- Online Resources