Hate Speech in Schools: Monitoring Tools and Coping Strategies


Concept by Barbara Distefano

In today’s world, hate speech is a problem that affects lots of people in different ways.

This course is all about tackling hate speech, not just against teachers, often described as lazy and incompetent, but also between students, towards minorities, and against people because of their gender or disability.

This course aims at empowering teachers by raising awareness about a global sociological issue that affects their professional lives.

We’ll learn practical ways to deal with hate speech both online and offline, making it easier for everyone to stand up against it.

We’ll start by talking about what hate speech is and how it shows up in different places, like on social media or in our everyday conversations.

Then, we’ll dive into specific examples, like how teachers, students, minorities, and people with disabilities are targeted. We’ll also discover how we can fight back and create a more inclusive environment for everyone.

Throughout the course, we’ll research the laws that protect us from hate speech and the resources available to help us if we encounter it.

We’ll also get hands-on with activities like collecting data and sharing our stories to raise awareness and support each other.

By the end of the course, you’ll have a toolkit full of practical strategies for standing up to hate speech wherever you encounter it.

You’ll be ready to make a difference in your school, your community, and beyond.

What is included

 Unmatched Support: full day chat assistance

 Fully Fundable: tailored on Erasmus+ budgets

 Flexibility Guaranteed: easy changes with minimal restrictions

 360° experience: from coffee breaks to cultural visits

 Post-Course Training: 100€ voucher on 40+ online courses

Learning outcomes

This course will help the participants to:

  • Understand what hate speech is and how it affects different people;
  • Recognize examples of hate speech targeting teachers, students, minorities, and people with disabilities;
  • Improve coping strategies and reduce psychological pressure;
  • Learn practical ways to respond to hate speech both online and offline;
  • Explore laws and resources that can help you address hate speech effectively;
  • Work together with others to raise awareness and promote inclusion in your school and community.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction

  • Welcoming: icebreaker activities;
  • Introduction to the school and the course;
  • Discussion of specific needs and expectations;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools;
  • What is hate speech? Exploring the basics;
  • Group discussion: sharing experiences and insights.

Day 2 – Hate speech and response strategies

  • Hate speech online and offline: where does it happen?;
  • Standing up to hate speech: laws and resources;
  • The hate speech pyramid;
  • Workshop: develop your response strategy.

Day 3 – Analyzing hate speech: tools and techniques

  • Collecting data: tools and tips for monitoring hate speech;
  • Press review;
  • Social media mining;
  • Data visualization.

Day 4 – Digital archive

  • Building a digital archive;
  • Crafting positive narratives: celebrating diversity and empowering change;
  • Launching a social media campaign: spreading awareness and building community;
  • Peer feedback: supporting each other in our journey.

Day 5 – Results discussion

  • Putting it into practice: applying what you’ve learned;
  • Discussion of the results.

Day 6 – Course closure and cultural activities

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

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