Lifestyle site She Knows helps parents understand microaggressions among teens

Experts take a look at how microaggressions -- those small, seemingly harmless comments -- can be damaging to teens.
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story on teens and microaggressions. The small seemingly harmless comments that can actually have a big impact. "Gma" is getting an exclusive look at what teens are experiencing today from a lifestyle site for parents. I will be listening extra closely, deb, this morning. Reporter: Good morning, Amy. Yeah, you should. Teens certainly know about it. This is an ongoing online video series that often takes a deep dive into the world of teens and in this case talking to kids from all walks of life about those daily slights called microaggressions which can be demeaning and hurtful and what they discovered teens are particularly vulnerable. I am pretty for a plaque girl which is not a compliment. That I act white. That I am articulate to be black. Reporter: Teenagers sharing frustrations. Have you ever been told by a history teacher that I would know more about slavery than Reporter: Describing little slights, demeaning and often with racial undertones called microaggressions. The subject of a video series from hatch for back to school talking with seven teens about their experiences. Someone my friend said they didn't want to come over my house because they didn't want to get shot or mugged. Reporter: What does it mean? Microaggressions are the seemingly subtle things that oftentimes are unintentional that are these negative slights towards individuals who are from marginalized groups. There is a statistic that says young black women experience five instances of racial discrimination a day. How so? I do believe that microaggressions and racism are part of the same continuum. Reporter: Something Gabrielle knows all too well. It makes you feel unheard. Reporter: Cash Sal insensitive comments from classmates can hurt deeply. What did you think when you heard your daughter say microaggressions make her feel awful and unheard? It breaks my hard. Respecting and acknowledging differences is what we should be striving to do. Is it harmful emotionally or psychologically. It is psychologically taxing and has an impact on self-esteem. Starts to impact anxiety and depression and worry. Reporter: And it can be complicated. Especially if the person who is offending has no intention of being hurtful. What's a teen to do? Take a deep breath. Center yourself. When our emotions get the best of us they could say, you may not have realized it but what you said is hurtful. My hope is that we can get to a place where these conversations can happen in a way that we can all collectively change and come closer together. Reporter: This campaign begins this week as a way of sort of helping kids to speak up and speak out against racism or any kind of intolerance, the experts say as you heard it can be difficult and takes courage but can go a long way to leading to understanding and not Yeah, such important conversations for teens. Thank you so much. There will be much more of our "Turning point" series later this week on "Nightline."

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