Is Racial Bullying Something Your Family Should Worry About?
According to new data from the U.S. Justice and Education departments, racial bullying is very prominent in teens age 12 to 18.While all different races are affected by racial bullying, Asian American teens are bullied more than teens belonging to any other racial group. The data also indicated that when it comes to cyber bullying; 62 percent of Asian Americans surveyed reported being harassed online once or twice monthly and only 18.1 percent of whites reporting being cyber bullied.
Where Does Racial Bullying Start?
- In many cases children may start bullying other children simply because they don’t understand that it is wrong to pick on others who are different from them.
- Behavior patterns are learned in the home. Make sure you are teaching proper social and communication skills at home.
- Parents should not only monitor their child’s behavior at home but their own as well. Parents should lead by example.
As parents, the best action you can take if you expect your child is dealing with race bullying or possibly doing the bullying, is to be observant of their behavior. Get involved in the classroom, pay attention to changes in their mood and of course keep a close eye out for slipping grades. Also making sure you have open lines of communication in the home is key.
The Facts on Racial Bullying
- Recent studies on bullying indicate that 15 to 25 percent of U.S. students are bullied frequently
- Youth whose parents were born outside of the country report the highest rate of racial victimization
- Cyber bullying, has become a popular method through which teens are being harassed with racist comments
- Teens of Muslim descent fall into the largest group of bullied kids, Asian Americans, who have seen increased amounts of bullying since the 9/11 attacks on the U.S.
- Black and Hispanic youth who are bullied are more likely to suffer academically than their white peers, according to stopbullying.org
- Up to 160,000 targets of bullies skip school each year to avoid abuse
In recent years one major problem that schools have begun to deal with is bullying behavior on the part of a parent. Many parents take it upon themselves to address a problem or other concerns with school personnel. Parents should make sure they are approaching a teacher, administrator or other school staff appropriately. If a parent loses their temper or threatens a member of faculty, they can inadvertently cause more problems for their child at school. These behaviors may in fact cause the parent to become the bully.
Taking a moment for self examination is always a good choice in these situations. If your child is being accused of bullying behavior it may be a good idea to ask how you could have attributed to this behavior.
How Can You Stand Up To Racial Bullying?
Taking a stand against bullying is a team effort. It will require cooperation from parents, teachers, school administrators and the bullied party themselves. Parents should be proactive in identifying when and where bullying occurs. It is happening only in school? Maybe it’s taking place on the bus or in an after school program. Once you have a better understanding of where the bullying occurs you can start making changes to prevent it, such as driving to and from school instead of having the child take the bus.
Parents can also enlist the help of school administrators and teachers to help stop the abusive behavior. Schools are taking bullying more seriously than ever before, as violence in schools continues to make national headlines. When dealing with the bullies make sure school officials take care to be discreet with their punishment. The last thing you’d want is for the bully to find out your child spoke out against them. Bullies will often increase their actions and intensify them when found out, so it is very important that their targets are protected from any acts of retaliation.
Dealing With The Aftermath of Racial Bullying
Oftentimes victims of racial bullying can carry with them a sense of shame about their own ethnicity. As a parent it is your job to make sure you are celebrating your culture. Try getting them involved in different cultural events. Take a look into different diversity workshops offered in your area as a way to have your child socialize with children from many different backgrounds and ethnicities. Showing your child that our cultural differences and our similarities are something to be celebrated will help them greatly in the future.
Be sure to keep the lines of communication in the home open. Children who have a history of being bullied can often become the bully in certain new situations. By being aware of your child’s school life and changes in their behavior you can keep bullying in check.
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Whether we call it racist bullying or racial bullying, the truth remains the same. People facing racist bullying are suffering in silence with no one to hear their cries. Racial bullying needs to stop!