What is tolerance?

Tolerance is:

  • Recognising and respecting the beliefs, opinions, customs and values of others that are different from our own.
  • Accepting diversity and not expressing negative attitudes toward people who are different.

Insulting a person, making jokes, or stereotyping them because of their race, religion, disability, class, age, sexuality, or mental health are examples of intolerance.  Many people don’t see this as intolerance, but IT IS.

There are children, teenagers and their families in Cheshire and Wirral who are subjected to abuse from intolerant people regularly; some every day.  This can have a huge impact on a person’s self-esteem, confidence and mental health.  

The United Nations promts us all to ask ourselves the following questions:

Am I a tolerant person?

Do I stereotype other people?

Do I reject those who are different from me?

Do I blame my problems on ‘them’?

It is NOT okay to  bully and target others, either verbally or physically, because they are different.  If you are the victim of intolerance, it is NOT your fault.  Sometimes it can help to talk about what it happening, and how it is making you feel with a trusted adult.  This may be a parent or carer, teacher, school nurse, social worker, your CAMHS worker. 

You can also contact Childline on: 0800 1111 for telephone support.

For more information check out the   UN webpage:

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