Faith and religious bullying

People can be bullied for different things. And sometimes people are bullied because of their religion. But if it happens to you, it’s not your fault and you can get help.

Being treated differently

You might feel like you are being treated differently because of your religion. This could be at school, college, with friends or with relatives. It’s wrong for anyone to hurt, tease, ignore, threaten or call you names. It’s also bullying and you don’t have to cope on your own. 

Some people might bully you if you:

  • have a different religion to them
  • take part in traditions which they don’t
  • wear religious items or clothing
  • come from a different country
  • speak with a different accent
  • are from a different class or caste.

5 things to try:

  • let friends and teachers know when you take part in religious events so they understand more about you and what you’re doing.
  • share photos or blogs about religious festivals so other people can see what these are like.
  • tell friends about the foods and drinks you’re not allowed in your religion so they don't offer you these.
  • ask friends why they wear religious items and how they feel about it.
  • ask friends if you can join in with their religious events. This can help you understand their religion and culture a bit more.

Ways to get help

Fitting in and feeling like yourself

Often when people bully you because of religion or culture, they don’t understand much about these things. They might judge you without getting to know you or your beliefs.

If you don’t feel respected and accepted for who you are, you might want to think about who you spend time with and who you enjoy being around. It’s important to remember you don’t have to change who you are to fit in with friends. 

Bullying can happen to anybody. If you see someone being treated badly or bullied because of their religion or their culture, you could help. Get advice about helping a friend.

Imagine being someone else

It can sometimes feel confusing if you don’t understand someone else’s religion. You might be told things by other people or see stuff online. But it’s important to remember that these are other people’s opinions. Try finding out about things so you can better understand and form your own opinion.

Imagine what it’s like to be someone else. Picture yourself as someone who might not fit in, or who seems different. This can help you decide what feels right and wrong and see what it’s like for that person.

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Celebrating difference

The world would be a very boring place if everyone looked the same, spoke the same and did the same things. Having different people around is a really positive thing.

Some people find new or different things scary. So the more they come to understand or hear positive things about a culture or religion, the better they might feel about it. 

You could ask people questions about their beliefs and explain more about your faith, religion or values. This could be a way of learning about each other and about the things that make us who we are. Celebrating our differences can sometimes help us meet new people, make friends or stop bullying from happening.