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Towards a SELMA Toolkit

SELMA builds upon a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) approach to empower young people to become agents of change; it will help them to better understand the phenomenon of online hate; it will provide them with tools and strategies to act and make a difference.

The SELMA Toolkit will:

  • Adopt a child- and youth-centered perspective, exploring how children and young people - together - can hack online hate.
  • Use a set of core SEL competencies - self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, responsible decision making - to foster a comprehensive understanding of the problem of online hate speech, while encouraging and enabling children and young people to take a position.
  • Build upon established media literacy practices to involve children and young people in both analytical and creative activities, while fostering critical thinking and active citizenship in a digital world.
  • Provide high-level strategies and more concrete scenarios and activities enabling relevant players in the online hate speech ecosystem to nurture a culture of change in which children and young people feel empowered to act and make a difference.
  • Call upon its user groups to enrich the Toolkit by sharing their stories of how SELMA helped them to make a positive difference.

A first interactive version of the SELMA Toolkit will be launched by the end of 2018. In 2019, a number of add-on resources and materials will be integrated:

  • A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
  • Lesson plans and modules for teachers
  • A peer ambassador scheme for youth
  • Training and support materials for school professionals, educators, and parents
  • An online counselling programme for vulnerable youth
  • A "first-help" counselling and reporting app concept

For further updates, please keep an eye on our SELMA Toolkit page.

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