Think twice online

Goals of the exercise: To identify online participation, roles and risks of exposure; To learn how to address hate speech; To understand what hate speech is and what are its forms.
Age of the participants: 13+
Number of participants: 4+
Duration of the exercise: 20 minutes
Materials: Presentation video, card boards, flip chart papers, colored markers, post-its, a laptop.

Step by step

Introduction: 5 minutes

  1. At the beginning, a one minute hate speech video will be showed to participants to introduce the idea of hate speech. The video can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/2BxSbIt.
    [The video is used to set the mood for the activity]
  2. After the video, 6 cards are hanged on the wall which represent different online roles. The roles that have to be written on a piece of paper, are the following: creator, conversationalist, critic, collector, joiner and spectator.
  3. Explain the roles to the participants and then ask them to place themselves in front of the role they identify with the most as online users.

Roles

  • creator – a person who creates/initiates new things on the social media (creates groups, starts initiatives, etc.)
  • conversationalist – a person who is present on the social media just to engage him/herself in conversations no matter what is the topic of the discussion
  • critic – a person who is always expressing unfavorable opinions of something on the social media
  • collector – a person who is collecting online information
  • joiner – a person who readily joins all the groups on the social media
  • spectator – a person who observes what the others are doing/writing on the social media

Procedure: 8 minutes

  1. The aim of the activity is that each participant has to place him/herself beside one of the six cards, trying to answer to the three questions:
    a. – What kind of online user are you?
    b. – How do you feel when you are reacting to a hate speech online?
    c. – How would you like to see yourself fighting hate speech online in 10 years from now?
  2. Once each participant has placed him/herself close to one of the roles, and after having answered to each questions, they have to look around to see what are the group mates’ answers, and where the other group mates have placed themselves.

Debriefing: 7 minutes

  • After few minutes, the facilitator stops the discussion and makes a circle with all the participants, creating a reflection group.
  • The facilitator guides a discussion, or a debate, on how which actions could be used in order to improve their level of participation in fighting hate speech online.
  • All participants have to put in common their ideas on the wall at the end of the discussion, writing their answers and solutions on a flip chart.

Authorship/adaptation or source: SALTO Booklet of Project BRAVE – BUILDING RESILIENCE AGAINST VIOLENT EXTREMISM
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