Bullying can be a difficult topic to bring up with children.
We know that it’s important, but it can be hard to accept. However, the fact remains that children – especially Muslim children – are more at risk of being bullied just because of their religion.
The Southern Poverty Law Center recently released a survey of over 10,000 K-12 teachers, administrators, and counselors across the country.
The results were troubling.
In the wake of Trump’s election, most of the professionals surveyed reported their school culture was negatively impacted by the election.
Additionally, another recent survey of American Muslims from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding shows that it’s Muslim students who are now even more likely than students of other faiths to be bullied in school.
According to the survey, “More than two in five (42 percent) Muslims with children in K–12 school report bullying of their children because of their faith, compared with 23 percent of Jews, 20 percent of Protestants, and 6 percent of Catholics.”
What’s even more disturbing, it that it’s not just students doing the bullying.
This may come as no surprise to those who’ve experienced it. Sadly, parents report that in one-fourth of incidents of bullying against Muslim students, a teacher or school official was involved.
What can we do?
We need to make sure we’re giving our children them the tools they need to stay safe and protect their sense of Muslim-American identity. We want to equip them to deal with the various situations that will come up in their young lives and prepare them for adulthood.
The 10 pages of activities included in the Noor Kids Stand Up to Bullying Activity Guide also do just that! They help kids practice these important skills in a fun and engaging way.
As parents, educators, and caregivers, we need to learn how to talk to our Muslim children about bullying and keep the discussion channels open. This free activity guide addresses concepts mentioned in our article about bullying – How to Talk to Your Kids About Bullying – on the Noor Kids blog.
All of these activities reinforce learning from the book Noor Kids Stand Up to Bullying. The activity guide also dives deeper into concepts like what it means to be an “upstander” – one who stands up to oppression and injustice when observed.
Activities in the free guide include:
- A cut and staple mini book.
- Substitution code hidden messages.
- Multiple creative coloring activities.
- Word searches.
- Fill-in-the-blank writing activities.
- and more!
Download your Free PDF Noor Kids Stand Up to Bullying Activity Guide here!