SELMA Hacking Hate

SELMA (Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness) is a two-year project co-funded by the European Commission which aims to tackle the problem of online hate speech by promoting mutual awareness, tolerance, and respect.

Read more about SELMA by clicking here.

Online hate speech is a growing problem. Hateful messages are increasingly common on social media. To complement existing initiatives to regulate, monitor or report online hate speech, a more pro-active answer is clearly needed. Social and Emotional Learning approach to empower young people to become agents of change; it helps them to better understand the phenomenon of online hate; it provides them with tools and strategies to act and make a difference.

In more concrete terms, SELMA will target young people (age 11-16), primarily in schools, but also in the out-of-school communities that impact on their well-being. It will engage them -- together with their peers, teachers, parents and other professionals and carers -- in a multifaceted learning journey. It will foster a wider dialogue with education stakeholders (including Ministries of Education), civil society organisations and industry. It will take an evidence-based approach to prevent and remediate online hate speech.
SWGfL is one of the partners within the SELMA project alongside European Schoolnet from Belgium, For Adolescent Health from Greece, LMK/ Media Autority for Rheinland/ Platinate from Germany, Centre for Digital Youth Care from Denmark and the Diana Award in the UK.

Our role within the project will be to focus on resource creation for the SELMA toolkit and specifically on the production of lesson plans and modules for teachers to address online hate using a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) approach. We will also take part in all other aspects of the project -- from research and leading focus groups in the UK, to supporting the hackathon event in Dec 2018 and ensuring we promote the project and its outcomes as widely as possible.

We are thrilled to be part of the SELMA project, and to build on the expertise and work we did for the ENABLE project not long ago, which aimed to reduce bullying by developing the emotional intelligence of young people and introducing peer mentoring within the school community. The ENABLE resources are available to be downloaded for free in a number of languages

If you want to find out more, get in touch or get involved in SELMA please contact us at onlinesafety@swgfl.org.uk.

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