A booklet for parents to help
them understand the impact that prejudice and discrimination can have on children
and young people.
There are many forms of prejudice and discrimination and it can be experienced by anyone at anytime. This booklet is designed to help parents understand the impact it can have on children and young people and why as a school we do not accept it in any form, be it from a fellow pupil, a member of staff or outside professional or a parent/guardian or family member.
Who is most at risk?
The children and young people most at risk from prejudice and or discrimination are:-
* The disabled
* Those with Special Educational Needs
* Those who speak a language different from the majority
* Those from a different culture, ethnicity or race
* Those who appear differently (red hair, glasses, birth mark etc)
* Anyone new to school
* Anyone who has an high or low ability
* All children according to their gender
Different forms of prejudice and discrimination.
There are many different forms of prejudice and discrimination and they may experience one or more of these at any given time.
* This can include name calling.
* Being left out of activities or groups.
* “Dumbing down” so as not to be labelled a “swat or geek”. * Being left out because they have a lower ability and are classed as “stupid”. * Those from a poorer background may suffer because they cannot afford to go on school trips. * Being picked on because they look different, i.e. being called “ginger nut or carrot top” because they have red hair or “specky four eyes” because they wear glasses. * Any one new to school may experience being left out because they have no friends and peer groups have already been formed. * Girls and boys can be discriminated against just because of their gender, “girls are not supposed to play football” and “boys shouldn’t play with...