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As if Latino immigrant parents didn’t face enough worry—hostile political climate, wage gaps, lack of access to health care—a new “stressor” is on the rise.
Bullying of immigrant children is, sadly, common these days.
More than 50 incidents of white students using politics to bully Latino and other minority children have been reported in 26 states, BuzzFeed reports.
Feeling a need to help, the nonprofit Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors has released a bilingual video to show Latino immigrant parents how to help their children who are victims of bullying.
“At the start of the year, we were inundated with calls from concerned parents who were desperate for information on … how to keep their families safe,” said Sandra Gutierrez, founder and national director for Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors.
About the Video
Bullying videoThe 5-minute video offers tips for parents on how to communicate with their children about this difficult topic.
It demonstrates these conversations using “model interactions between [a] parent and child” and illustrates how a parent can comfort a child dealing with the stress of bullying.
Using the familiar dicho “Better safe than sorry” (mas vale prevenir que lamentar), it also encourages parents to develop a plan that is best for their family and how to provide for the care and well-being of their child in the event of an emergency
The video also features helpful tips from Jacqueline Soto of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors and Octavio Pescador of the UCLA Paulo Friere Institute.
Promoting the Video
Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors plans to distribute it free of charge nationwide to social service providers, child care services, and faith-based organizations.
“We were alarmed at the number of parents who said their children were being bullied at school,” Gutierrez said.
“It’s our greatest hope that this video lets parents know they are not alone, their contributions to this great nation are valued, and that their children have great promise.”