what does it all mean?
Lots of things can make us feel worried. You might hear something on social media or from someone else. Some stuff can be hard to make sense of like politics, climate change, natural disasters and recent events like terrorist attacks.
You might hear words like extremism and radicalisation but what do they mean?
Our info and tips will help you understand these things and get support if you’re worried.
attacks and bombings
Hearing about terrorist attacks or bombings like the ones in Paris, Brussels or Orlando, can make you anxious or scared. You might feel unsafe or think people will attack the UK. If there are a lot of things in the news about the attacks, it can feel like the threat is massive. But it’s important to remember that in reality, terrorist attacks are very rare.
Keeping you safe - what's happening?
- The police have made sure there are more officers in towns and public places like train stations.
- Airports have strict security checks and more security staff.
- Local communities are trying to teach people about world issues and safety.
- Public spaces like concerts, football matches and events have strict security.
- The government and police have specially trained workers who are always finding new ways to protect the UK.
being bullied or treated badly
When someone is treated badly or called names because of their faith, religion or how they look, this is bullying. And it’s wrong. It could also be racism. Sometimes when people bully you because of your race or religion they may not understand things. And they might judge you without getting to know you or your beliefs.
You don’t have to change who you are to fit in with other people, especially if you don't feel safe or comfortable around them.
If you see someone else being treated badly or bullied, you could get advice about helping a friend.
What if you were someone else?
Imagine what it would feel like to be someone who might not fit in, or who seems different.
It can feel confusing if you don’t understand someone's religion, culture or beliefs. 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 for yourself so you can have a better understanding.
This can help you decide what feels right and wrong and see what it’s like for that person.
If you think someone might be planning an attack or be involved in something dangerous, call us free on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. If you think someone is in serious danger, you can call 999 for urgent help.
You might feel silly or unsure about reporting something if you don’t know for certain. But it’s always OK to tell us, even it turns out to be nothing serious.
Find out more about our confidentiality promise.