Raising Future Voters
Ideas for raising kids to be engaged citizens:
Talk about it - Let your kids know why you think it’s important to vote. Even very young kids can understand the idea of selecting a leader. Engage older children in a discussion about political issues that are important to you or that come up in the news. Encourage your kids to express their own opinions and ideas.
Vote at home - Introduce the concept of voting by holding simple votes on household issues. It could be as simple as voting on what to prepare for a special meal. You can even use the Run Your Own Vote activity to make it “official”.
Bring your child with you when you vote - Children are welcome at voting stations. Show your kids what voting looks like.
Visit our GAMES area - For games and activities related to citizenship and voting.
Take older kids to a live debate or watch one on TV - Discuss the points the candidates make and ask your kids for their views.
Point to resources on the Web - There are many excellent websites devoted to encouraging youth to participate in the election process. Visit our RESOURCES page for links.
Books - Check your local library or bookstore for these books for young people.