Discussing LGBT+ with young children – a parent’s guide

We’re very excited to celebrate Pride Month with our special in-app Hopster themed area – and launching our LGBT+ inclusive shows, books, and songs for preschoolers.

We appreciate that for some parents, the introduction of LGBT+ themes to young children can be daunting. We have put together this guide to aid conversations with your little ones.

Top tips for parents by Diversity Role Models

Be curious
Be open-minded and educate yourself about LGBT+ diversity. Be mindful of the dangers of living in an echo chamber.

Ask questions
You’re not expected to know everything. If you don’t know, ask. Talk to your children, LGBT+ friends, family members or colleagues, or organisations to understand their experiences and journey.

Keep it simple
Focus the conversation with your young people on family, love, and relationships. Every family looks different, some have two mums or two dads.

Use resources
Books that explain LGBT+ concepts in an easy to understand language and format are available for children of all ages.

Celebrate difference
Recognise all of the differences that make each of us unique and celebrate these. Empathetic and emotionally intelligent young people treat everyone with respect and kindness, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Hopster’s additional advice for Parents

Watch the content together and talk about it
Your child/children may have questions. Our Rainbow Stories episode guide and Q&A is a good place to start to help you answer any tricky questions.

Research LGBT+ terminology
There can be lots of new names and phrases for some parents/carers. Stonewall have published this useful LGBT+ glossary of terms (this is not intended for children, adults only). We feel understanding is the first step to being mindful, respectful and empathetic of others.

But perhaps avoid using terminologies with young children
Don’t feel you need to use specific LGBT+ terminology, as it could be confusing for preschoolers when describing what may be new concepts for them. Keep it simple and use familiar words about love and family.

We feel understanding is the first step to being mindful, respectful and empathetic of others.