Facing Online Hate: Portal Page

Professional Development

Facing Online Hate Tutorial
Framed around key concepts of media literacy, the Facing Online Hate tutorial examines how the Internet is used to spread and incite hate, how radicalization occurs, and how youth encounter hate online both through traditional hate sites and “cultures of hatred”. The tutorial also provides strategies for building critical thinking skills in young people to help them understand the nature of online hate, how they may be targets and how to respond appropriately when bias, stereotyping and hatred are encountered online.

Background Articles

Introduction to Online Hate
Online Hate and Free Speech
Online Hate and Canadian Law
Impact of Online Hate
Deconstructing Online Hate
Responses and Solutions

Responding to Online Hate Guide

Responding to Online Hate
This guide assists law enforcement personnel, community groups and educators in recognizing and countering hateful content on the Internet – especially as it pertains to youth. The guide offers information on how to report online hate and highlights services available to victims who encounter hateful materials online.

Lesson Plans

Thinking about Hate (Grades 8-10)
In this lesson, students develop their critical thinking skills by learning to recognize various types of logical fallacies, including those that are used by hate mongers to spread misinformation and fuel hatred and intolerance.

Challenging Hate Online (Grades 10-12)
In this lesson students learn how digital media can be used to both promote and combat hatred and intolerance.

Free Speech and the Internet (Grades 10-12)
In this lesson students learn about the inherent tension within democratic societies between freedom of expression and freedom from hatred and how this relates to digital technology.

Online Propaganda and the Proliferation of Hate (Grades 10-12)
In this lesson students learn about the ways that propaganda techniques are used to promote hatred and intolerance online.

Scapegoating and Othering (Grades 8-10)
In this lesson, students develop a deeper understanding of scapegoating and othering and how these factors may contribute to the promotion of hatred and intolerance.

Hate or Debate? (Grades 8-10)
In this lesson, students learn the differences between legitimate debate on political issues and arguments that are grounded in ideologies of hate.

Hate 2.0 (Grades 8-10)
This lesson starts with an interactive quiz that teaches students about the ways in which hate may be encountered online. After completing the quiz, students discuss the issues that are raised and the strategies for confronting online hate that are modeled

Hate 2.0 (Note: This quiz is not meant as a stand-alone activity. It should only be played with-in the context of the accompanying lesson plan.)
This interactive quiz, part of the Hate 2.0 lesson plan, introduces students to different forms of online hate and teaches them how to recognize and respond to hate content when it is encountered.

Interactive Student Modules

Allies and Aliens (Grades 7-8)
This animated module takes students on a mission from Planet Earth to assess the varying degrees of prejudice, misinformation, and hate propaganda on the “Galactic Web.”

Diversity in Media Toolbox

The Diversity and Media Toolbox is a comprehensive suite of resources that explores issues relating to stereotyping, bias and hate in mainstream media and on the Internet. The program includes professional development tutorials, lesson plans, interactive student modules and background articles.

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