Defining, Understanding and Protecting against Online Hate | Primary

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Defining, Understanding and Protecting against Online Hate | Primary

This webinar will provide senior leaders, designated safeguarding leads and all teaching staff with practical advice and guidance on how to recognise what constitutes online hate, the negative effects it can have on its victims, and how children can learn to protect themselves from it.

The draft Online Safety Bill published on the 12th May 2021 by the UK government was a watershed moment in developing laws to tackle harmful content online. It came amidst a backdrop of continuing abuse and racism aimed at footballers on social media and figures from Ofcom which reveal over 50% of 5-15s now use social media sites or apps, rising to 87% of 12-15s – an indication of just how popular these sites have become and their influence in children’s lives.

In this webinar Dr Bertie Vidgen, Research Fellow in Online Harms at the Alan Turing Institute, explores the form and nature of online hate, outlines why all good digital citizens need to be watchful for it and how children might appropriately be taught about it.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identifying the defining characteristics of online hate and acknowledging its extent in contemporary digital life, its status as a criminal act and the limitations of the law.

  • Understanding why online hate persists, who is behind it and who is generally targeted, and reviewing some real-world examples of the risks and repercussions of online hate.

  • Recognising why it is necessary to be vigilant for online hate, and appreciating that malicious actors deliberately seek to deceive AI algorithms and human moderators.

  • Realising how to educate children about online hate, including how to support them in developing skills to not only protect against it but prevent them from creating it.

  • Assimilating practical classroom activities to help children and young people in recognising online hate and knowing the appropriate steps to take if they are affected by it.

Dr Bertie Vidgen

About The Expert

Dr Bertie Vidgen

Research Fellow in Online Harms at The Alan Turing Institute and subject matter expert in online hate, misinformation and extremism.
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