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- BIK Team
From Monday, 11 to Wednesday, 20 May 2020, COFACE Families Europe is marking the International Day of Families 2020 by hosting Digital Citizenship Breakfast Bytes, a series of eight 90-minute online sessions (from 9:30-11:00 CET) aiming to increase critical thinking and understanding of the digital world. On Friday, 15 May 2020, in the session called "SELMA Hacking Hate Toolkit: Games to empower young people online", the participants had the opportunity to take a closer look at the SELMA project.Read more
On Thursday, 21 November 2019, the Safer Internet Forum (SIF) took place in Brussels, Belgium. With a theme of "From online violence to digital respect", it also celebrated 20 years of safer/better internet funding by the European Commission. Below, read the summary of a deep dive session on online hate and the SELMA project, led by Ken Corish, Online Safety Director at South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), Stefanie Fächner, Media Education Consultant at the German Awareness Centre and Niels-Christian Bilenberg, Helpline Coordinator at Cyberhus.Read more
- BIK Team
Saturday, 16 November 2019 marks the United Nations International Day for Tolerance. This observance has been celebrated every year since 1995, when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) adopted its Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.Read more
The "Drive change, hack online hate" conference is a collaborative event organised by the SELMA project and open to everyone interested in hacking hate speech. It will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, 10 October 2019.Read more
Registration for the SELMA Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) "Hacking hate – How to empower young people to understand and disrupt online hate" is open. Starting on 16 September 2019, it will target teachers, school leaders, social and youth workers, parents and anyone interested in the topic.Read more
- Portuguese Safer Internet Centre
The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) commemorated Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019 by promoting a series of activities and resources. The planning started early to organise an event called "Online for human rights" which encountered a wide audience, both among the general public and among policymakers who have an influence on the internet governance sphere in the country. As Thorbjorn Jagland, the Secretary General for the Council of Europe put it, "hate speech has become one of the most common forms of intolerance and xenophobia in Europe today (…) When the unacceptable starts to be accepted, becomes "the norm", there is a true threat to human rights".Read more
- SELMA project
Hate speech is increasingly common on social media; but that does not make it any less problematic. A recent study released by the SELMA (Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness) project shows how online hate speech has become an inevitable part of young people's daily experiences online, with education and awareness-raising efforts on the topic lagging behind. To complement existing initiatives to regulate, monitor or report online hate speech, a more pro-active answer is needed.Read more