Here are some tips for coping with Islamophobia and staying safe:
- Counter ignorance/negativity with education and kindness;
- Take breaks from the news and social media;
- Take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, exercise, and even seeking mental health counselling;
- Build partnerships with interfaith groups or start an Islam Awareness Club at your school to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding;
- Let your parents, teachers, and/or supervisor know if you are facing bullying/discrimination in the school or workplace; do not try to handle it alone.
- For young children, limit media and news in order to protect them from frightening images and details;
- Reassure your children that you will do everything to keep them safe.
- Check-in regularly to ensure that your children/teens feel safe at school and monitor internet activities to prevent cyberbullying;
- Be vigilant of any sudden changes in behavior or mood in your child; take these signs seriously.
- Encourage children/teens to cope with anxiety or sadness through writing, art, civil engagement, story sharing, and other age-appropriate means.
Each of us should make safety a priority. Ask yourself, “If I faced an emergency, would I be able to call for help? Does my family know where I am? Is this situation safe?”