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What is culture?
- We often see a person’s cultural background through their language and race
- We also see it through their art, music, food and style of clothing
- A cultural group can share the same gender, age, sexual preference, spirituality, physical issues or social status, among other things
“Standing for cultural acceptance and standing by your child against discrimination makes the world a safer place for them”
How can cultural discrimination harm young people?
What can I do to encourage cultural acceptance?
As a parent, you can provide support to your child if they have been discriminated against. You can also encourage cultural acceptance through your own actions.
Raise your child with pride in their own cultural identity
If your child is hurt by discrimination, remind them of their strengths
Avoid reacting in anger or retaliating in front of your child
Encourage them to be assertive where safe to do so
Expose your child to multicultural experiences and diverse friendships
Talk with them about stereotypes and actively challenge these
Reassure your child that they're not alone
Tell them discrimination is not ok
Talk positively about other cultures
Alert the authorities, if required
Support for you and your child
Join with others who celebrate cultural differences and take a stand against discrimination.
If you see discrimination online or in person, you can report it. Check out these organisations for more information.
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