Aicem is an official partner of the ‘No Hate Speech Movement’, a youth campaign of the European Council to promote Human Rights online and offline.
One of the statements and results of this campaign is The Bookmarks: a European Council manual designed to help educators and teachers effectively address the problems of hate speech in their work with young people aged 13-18.
Manualto combat online hate speech through Human Rights Education.
The manual was first published in 2014 and translated into 10 different languages: the Italian translation was edited by AICEM in cooperation with the youth department of the Council of Europe and will enable educators, youth workers, teachers and trainers to work on these principles in Italy.
The latest revision of 2020 includes various activities and information on the CoE guide “Human Rights for Internet Users”.
Hate speech is never a ‘black or white’ phenomenon. It can start with a simple offensive comment and then turn into a violent act. Getting used to expressing ourselves angrily, especially when confronted with any kind of diversity, causes irreparable damage.
WORDS DO HARM:
they cause emotional damage and undermine our self-esteem.
FROM WORDS TO ACTIONS:
the worst cases of physical violence are generated in this way.
IMMEDIATE DISAPPOINTMENT OF HATE SPEECH ONLINE:
A tweet or an image, a comment or a video is enough. There are numerous ways to offend a person in the digital world;
NOONE IS IMMUNE FROM THIS PHENOMENON:
Hate speech affects both individuals and groups (such as people belonging to ethnic or religious minorities)
THE INTERNET IS NOT A PARALLEL WORLD:
We are the Internet. Even considering open source logic, the Internet cannot be considered lawless territory. Instead, people hide behind anonymity … The Internet allows people to feel free to use any kind of expression, which could become hateful. The Internet is still young and can be improved.
The European Council Campaign therefore has the following objectives:
The European Council’s Bookmarks paves the way for specific definitions to recognize the problem. Inside, there are also numerous practical examples for dealing with the phenomenon. For this reason, AICEM is working to disseminate the manual among schools, institutions, associations and youth clubs.