Register for the SELMA Hacking hate MOOC!

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.

Online hate speech is a growing online safety concern, as it affects children and young people's online well-being and their offline social and emotional development. Parents, teachers and everyone educating young people must be aware of the negative effects online hate can have on individuals, groups and society in general, and how they can respond effectively to this challenge.

Empowering young people to hack online hate

This free online course will empower parents and education professionals to bring a proactive response to the online hate speech phenomenon and tackle the problem with children and adolescents.

The MOOC will enable participants to learn more about the issue of online hate, find ways to empower young people to counter online hate speech and become change-makers, and discover the benefits of introducing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the classroom.

The course will enable participants to give young people the keys to understand online hate in the three ecosystems in which they find themselves:

  • The self – How does online hate speech affect me emotionally?
  • Peer groups – What are the group dynamics in relation to online hate speech and how can I influence these to effect positive outcomes?
  • Society – What are the wider societal issues around online hate speech and what can I do to change things for the better?

Active learning, discussions and live events

The MOOC lasts four weeks, with some additional time to finish the tasks, which makes a total time of five and a half weeks. At a pace of one module per week, participants will learn about the following topics:

  • Module 1 – Online hate and myself. The first module introduces the SEL approach and defines the topic of online hate speech. Participants will also learn how to use a learning diary and will receive training on how to use Twitter for professional purposes.
  • Module 2 – Online hate in your social life. Course participants will explore online hate occurring in social groups and discover ways to develop strategies to come into action.
  • Module 3 – Online hate in the digital society. This module focuses on the wider picture of online hate, taking place in the digital society and more precisely on online platforms.
  • Module 4 – Disrupt online hate. In this module, participants will be invited to come into action in their personal context to disrupt online hate.

Throughout the learning journey, participants will have the chance to exchange views with experts, discuss activities for the classroom and the whole school community, and discover how to use the SELMA Toolkit - an interactive set of tools and materials to support young people to understand what hate speech is, how it affects them and those around them, and what we can do together to make a difference. In addition, they will be able to become part of a wider community committed to disrupt hate online and join live events, such as a webinar, a Twitter chat, an expert talk and a TeachMeet.

Find more information and register on the European Schoolnet Academy website. For more information about the SELMA project, visit

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