2.1 Children and young people can experience prejudice and discrimination on many different levels. This can range from how they look, the clothes they were, how they speak, their religion and beliefs, their gender, their age, for having a disability.
This can start of very simply as being picked on from having a different type of uniform (skirt, coat, shoes) etc, and can lead to a child being excluded from joining in games and play because of this.
This can continue on a daily basis with children thinking they are playing and aren’t doing anything wrong. Sometimes this is learned behaviour from home and is hard for young children to understand that you are telling them it is not okay to call names because of someone’s skin colour or how they look . It is important to be consistent and reinforce that it’s not okay and it is very upsetting and hurtful. How would they feel if they were left out. We need to teach our children empathy from an early age and to respect each other regardless of race, age, gender, how we look, where were from.
2.2 Any form of prejudice and discrimination can have a severe negative effect throughout a person’s life. Being undervalued by peers can make a person feel isolated and lonely. A child’s confidence and self esteem will become less and less the more they are discriminated against.
They will start not wanting to be involved in activities, stop putting their hand up to ask questions. This in turn will affect their learning and ability to interact. This results in children eventually stop wanting to come to school as it’s not a happy safe place for them to be. It can also cause problems at home as they are unable to say what’s wrong and can act out at home.
This continues with a child believing what they hear, that they are no good, they do look different, what’s the point , and feeling as if they have nowhere to turn to for help and support.
2.3 At times when I am working my time is taken up with children...