New campaign in Luxembourg: Share Respect – Stop Online Hate Speech!

  • Awareness
  • 04/11/2016
  • Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre

Starting in October 2016, BEE SECURE, the Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre (SIC), will campaign against online hate speech throughout the current school year and support the No Hate Speech Movement of the Council of Europe.

With the slogan ‘Share Respect – Stop Online Hate Speech!', the campaign will focus on the notions of hate speech and respect. What is hate speech, how can I recognise it and how is it different from a legitimate opinion? What is respect and how can I learn to communicate in a respectful manner? Another focus is the fight against hate speech through reaction and prevention: how and where can I report online hate speech? What techniques can I use to counter hate speech in social networks? These questions will be addressed on a  monthly basis with more detailed information about techniques which can be used to challenge hate speech or about specific forms of discrimination such as sexism or racism.

The target group are mainly children and young people, but also teachers and parents, who play an important role in the prevention of hate speech. The campaign material can be found online, but a lot of the work will actually be done on the ground, in schools, youth houses and at public events. While the campaign is using traditional campaign material such as leaflets and posters with a panda mascot for quick recognition, some gadgets will be used to let the message stick: bracelets and temporary tattoos to remind the youngsters to share respect and to stand up against online hate speech. Panda masks or panda figurines complete the campaign material and a life-sized panda mascot will attract the audience's attention at public events. The first public appearances have already been a big success and showed that using the panda as a mascot has been a wise decision. 
All campaign material is available in French and German on the BEESECURE website.
Find out more about the work of Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre.

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