Dealing with Islamophobia: Tips for Parents and Youth

 

Here are some tips for coping with Islamophobia and staying safe:

For Youth:

  • 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 Parents:

  • 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?”

 

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2 Comments

  • Page Posted January 15, 2019 2:37 pm

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    • Mohamed Hammoud Posted January 16, 2019 8:52 am

      What would you like to ask us?

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