Skip to content

Check your bias and teach toddlers about white privilege, BBC early years guide tells parents

Check your bias and teach toddlers about white privilege, BBC early years guide tells parents

A BBC guide has instructed parents to teach their toddlers about white privilege and check their own ‘internal prejudices’ if their children don’t have ‘black or brown friends’.

The tips, which are featured on the company’s Tiny Happy People website section, were written by author and activist Uju Asika.

In a segment called “Be Specific,” the page tells parents, “You could talk about how being white could give you certain benefits.”

Further down, under the heading ‘Be the change you want to see’, the advice calls on parents to examine their own opinions.

It suggests, “For white mothers or fathers, it may be time to examine your own internal biases.

‘Has your family expressed negative thoughts about foreigners and immigrants? What does your social circle look like today? Does your child have black or brown playdate friends? Could you do more?’

The well-meaning article has met with some criticism, with one commenter calling it “nagging” and “biased”

It was written by author and activist Uju Asika, but has received some criticism for bias

It was written by author and activist Uju Asika, but has received some criticism for bias

This Advice Suggests Parents Tell Kids That White People Have Certain Benefits

This Advice Suggests Parents Tell Kids That White People Have Certain Benefits

The parental guidelines on the BBC website have received some criticism for their content

The parental guidelines on the BBC website have received some criticism for their content

A campaign group said the piece was not impartial and could cause problems.

dr. Alka Sehgal-Cuthbert, an education expert at Don’t Divide Us, told The Telegraph that the guide was “clearly not impartial” and warned that the advice would “be an unbearable burden on schools and teachers.”

“It’s inappropriate and can very easily have unintended negative consequences.”

Commentator Calvin Robinson said today: “The BBC is at it again, exposing a bias rooted in left-wing politics imported from the United States.

The BBC spokesperson defended the Tiny Happy People, saying it offers 'a wealth of resources'

The BBC spokesperson defended the Tiny Happy People, saying it offers ‘a wealth of resources’

The BBC has pledged through its charter to ‘bring people together and contribute to social cohesion and well-being’.

“That couldn’t be more different from the radical ideology that New Broadcasting House seems to have conquered.”

Ms. Asika is the author of the book ‘Bringing Up Race: How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World’.

Tiny Happy People was launched in Summer 2020 with the Duchess of Cambridge on hand to help.

Kate called the content “gold dust for families, with tips and tools to use especially in those first five years.”

MailOnline contacted the BBC for comment on the advice and criticism it had received, but has so far not responded.

A BBC spokesperson told the Telegraph earlier this week: ‘Tiny Happy People offers a wealth of resources, covering a variety of topics that parents can access if they wish, for help and advice in all areas of development and welfare.’

Source link