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Training to Tackle Online Hate Speech

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Exclusive opportunity to receive training to tackle online hate speech

This event is for school staff, police officers, social workers, youth workers, and anyone working with, or for, young people including vulnerable young people.

We want to share an exciting opportunity for professionals to receive some training around tackling online hate speech. We are the UK partner, along with the Diana Award, involved in SELMA (Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness) – a 2-year project funded by the European Commission which aims to tackle the problem of online hate speech by promoting mutual awareness, tolerance and respect, primarily targeting 11-16 year olds.

A number of partners from Denmark, Greece, Germany and Belgium are also involved in this project. Now in its second year, we have completed the research phase and written the huge SELMA toolkit – a collection of themes and lesson activities – which uses Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), media literacy and citizenship education approaches to empower young people to become agents of change. As such, the SELMA toolkit provides support and resources for teachers to explore what online hate is, the impact it can have and the strategies young people can build and use to tackle online hate speech.

The SELMA toolkit is founded on developing Social and Emotional strategies to tackle online hate, disrupting hate speech through understanding these complex behaviours. Each of the nine toolkit themes begins with SEL activities that:

  • Build emotional vocabulary to navigate online relationships effectively

  • Encourage self-reflection about how online hate affects our own emotions

  • Explore strategies to assist with regulating our own emotional response to online hate

  • Develop strategies like metacognition to shape effective responses that can disrupt dysregulated behaviour

  • Equip users to identify and recognise the emotional state of others

  • Provide strategies to navigate online hate incidents through deeper understanding and empathy to disrupt a hate ecosystem, be it one to one, group or global

The SELMA toolkit has been launched and we are looking ahead to share it with educators and provide free training on how it can be used. Our next step is to disseminate our toolkit to as many professionals working with, or for, young people as possible. We are running free events which teach people how to use the toolkit. The toolkit is so large that it can be a little overwhelming at first, so these sessions train professionals on how to integrate this into their work. These events are for school staff, police officers, social workers, youth workers, and anyone working with young people including vulnerable young people.

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