Bullying and Racism

What does Bullying mean?

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Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online.

What kind of things can happen to you when you are being bullied?

  • being called names
  • being teased, put down or humiliated
  • being pushed or pulled about
  • having money and other stuff taken
  • having rumours spread about you
  • being ignored and left out
  • being hit, kicked or physically hurt
  • being threatened or intimidated
  • being bullied through your phone or online.

Bullying can also be part of other forms of abuse, including neglect, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

Types of Bullying

  • Homophobic
  • Faith and Religious
  • Bullying on social media – cyberbullying
  • Racism and Racial Bullying
  • Discrimination hate crime and equality

Racism and Racial Bullying

Racism happens if you are subjected to abuse and harassment because of your race, colour or beliefs. Britain is a multi-racial and multi-faith country and everyone has the right to have their culture and religion respected by others.

Racism and racist bullying can include:

  • being called racist names or being sent insulting messages or threats
  • having your belongings damaged or having to see racist graffiti
  • personal attacks, including violence or assault
  • being left out, treated differently or excluded
  • people making assumptions about you because of your colour, race or culture
  • being made to feel like you have to change how you look
  • racist jokes, including jokes about your colour, nationality race or culture.

Nobody has the right to call anyone names or to treat them badly because of their colour, race or religion. It’s illegal and it can be stopped.

Guidance for Children and Young People

What can you do if you are a victim of racism?

If someone is calling you names, making you feel scared or treating you unfairly, you can get help to make this stop:

  • Walk away. If someone is being racist towards you right now, walk away to keep safe and don’t retaliate or respond.
  • Tell someone what’s happening. This could be a parent, teacher or another adult you trust.
  • Keep safe. Walk home from school or college with someone you know and keep your phone charged. Calling emergency services on 999 or Childline are both free calls.
  • Stay safe online. Change your privacy settings, report abuse on the site or app and block users who bully you or make discriminatory comments or threats.
  • Keep a record. Messages, videos or a diary of what’s been happening can help when telling an adult or be used as evidence.
  • Keep telling. You may have to speak out more than once about racism or racial bullying. It’s okay to tell someone else if you don’t feel it’s being taken seriously.
    Find someone who will help. It can take time for bullying to stop. If you feel like a teacher doesn’t want to help, you can speak to the head teacher. Each school should have an anti-bullying policy which is there to protect you. If your school doesn’t help, you can tell the police.
  • Tell the police. If you feel threatened or a crime has been committed. You can report to the police on 999 in an emergency or 101 at other times.

How to Help a Friend

If you see or hear racism, racial bullying or discrimination there are ways that you can help:

  • Offer your support and tell your friend that what has happened to them is wrong
    Ask your friend if they want to report the incident. You can also offer to be a witness if you feel safe and comfortable to.
  • Call emergency services if you need the police or an ambulance to keep your friend safe.
  • Make a note of what you saw and heard as soon as possible. This could be used as evidence or to make a police statement if needed.
  • Speak out if it’s safe to. Stay calm and be assertive. You could say that you don’t agree with racist comments or jokes

What can you do if you are being bullied in school or college?

Always remember:
nobody has the right to bully you, bullying could be done by friends, family, people at school and strangers – but it’s never ok

It can happen in different places – like at school, home or online

There are ways to get it stopped and ways to feel better about yourself. Any one can experience bullying even adults, what we need to know that this is wrong and is unacceptable. There are a number of things that we can do to stop the bullying:

  • Tell an adult, a friend or a teacher, get support, help and advice from people you know and trust.
  • Block the bullying if it is via your phone or social media. Some phones will let you block numbers. You can also block, delete or unfriend other users on lots of social networking sites. Stopping them from contacting you could help you feel less stressed and upset. You can also change your walk home or avoid them in school to stop them talking to you.
  • Practice being assertive. Being assertive means being able to stand up for yourself without being aggressive. If you’re assertive, you can say what you really think without being pushy or rude. Sometimes it can be hard to say what you really feel, especially if it means disagreeing with someone else. You can practice being assertive by writing down what you want to say, and choosing the right time to say it. Over time, being a bit more assertive can really help get bullying stopped.
  • Build your confidence, bullying is nasty, and it can make you feel bad about yourself. But there are ways you can pick yourself up and feel good about who you are. That might not make the bullying stop right away. But often being confident can help get the bullying stopped over time.

Get help if you’re bullying someone

Sometimes people will join in with bullying because they are afraid that if they don’t join in it will happen to them. This is not true if people spoke out and stood up to bullies this would help stop them, they are usually doing it to get attention because they have a number of problems and issues.

Do you ever make fun of others to get other people to laugh?

Physically hurt someone?

Hitting people is assault and is a criminal offence; do not think that hitting people makes you look hard or clever. Talking through problems takes more courage and shows you are growing up.

Have you damaged or taken other people’s things. If you take things from people this is stealing and also against the law.

Do you Ignore people or leave them out of things you and you mates do? If you see this going on, be the better person and ask them would they like to sit with you or play?

If you think you are a bully ask yourself ; Would I want someone else to do these things to me? If the answer is No, STOP …. Apologise for what you have done and then start each day as you mean to go on.

Remember: Being a good friend is the best gift you can ever give to someone.
Links to Support and help:

Bullybusters can help you click here, or call free on 0800 169 6928. They can give you advice on steps to stop your bullying.

www.ypas.org.uk – committed to supporting young people aged 10 to 25 years in a safe environment with a primary focus on respect and acceptance

www.kooth.com – A unique service that provides vulnerable young people, who have emotional or mental health problems, with support when they need it most.

www.childline.org.uk – get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online, send ChildLine an email or post on the message boards.

Youngminds – Children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health.