WHAT CAN I DO IF I AM BEING BULLIED BECAUSE OF MY RACE OR RELIGION?
Racial and religious bullying is where the motive for the person bullying is due to the victim's skin colour, ethnicity, religion, way of talking or cultural practices.
TOP TIPS FOR DEALING WITH THE ISSUE:
Racial and religious bullying is unacceptable. No one has the right to treat you differently because of your racial or religious characteristics.
- Tell someone - Don’t suffer in silence and reach out to someone in your support network. Someone you trust, such as a close friend, family member, or teacher, will be able to listen and offer you support. Online support services are also a great source of information.
- Stay safe - If you’re worried about racial and religious bullying in the playground or walking home from school, you could hang around with people you know and trust. If the bullying is taking place online you can change your privacy setting or mute, block, or report the perpetrators.
- Gather evidence - You should always write down who has been saying what to you, the date, time and location this has taken place, and save/screenshot any messages received online.
- Accept that it's not your fault - When you’re going through a difficult time it might be hard to accept this, but it’s important to remember that you haven’t caused the bullying. Remember to reach out to someone you trust who can support you.
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WHAT CAN I DO IF MY STUDENTS REPORTS THEY'RE BEING BULLIED BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE OR RELIGION?
Racial and religious bullying is against the law as the Equality Act of 2010 outlines that schools and governing bodies have a duty to ensure that students do not face any form of racial discrimination, including attacks and harassment.
It is important that you support the child being bullied and reassure them that the issue will be resolved. Ask the child to write down the facts of what has happened and follow school protocol.
Racial and religious bullying should always be reported on the school’s internal system.
WHAT CAN I DO IF MY CHILD REPORTS THEY'RE BEING BULLIED BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE OR RELIGION?
If a child speaks to you about bullying, the most important thing to explain is that what is happening is not their fault and thank them for approaching you to talk about it. Bullying can make a child feel ashamed and scared, and they’ll be most worried about how you’ll react when they tell you. Try to stay calm, reassure them and ask questions about what your child wants you to do to help them.
Schools are bound by law by the Equality Act of 2010 to ensure that students don’t face any form of racial or religious discrimination. If you and your child decide to report this to the school it is important to write down the facts of everything that has happened in the incident – remember the 4W’s: who, what, where, when. Ask to speak to your child’s teacher to move the situation forward.
When the child is experiencing bullying, they feel the power is taken away from them – it is important to ensure they need to have a final say in what happens.