The SELMA toolkit

The SELMA Toolkit will be the main outcome of the SELMA project. A collection of principles, methods and practices, it will enable different types of stakeholders to work on online hate speech with 11-to-16-year-old teenagers.

SELMA holds the view that children and young people can (and should) be empowered to become agents of change in their offline and online communities. Education responses to online hate speech should not preach what is "good" or "bad". Rather, they should encourage and enable children and young people to critically and creatively engage with the problem of online hate speech and its possible solutions.

The SELMA Toolkit takes a holistic approach, encompassing three ecosystems in which children and young people find themselves, namely the self, the peer/social groups they belong to, and the society. Each of these three master themes is broken down further into a set of subthemes. As such, the Toolkit is able to address a wide range of thematic questions, such as:

  • What is hate speech? Why is there online hate speech out there? How does hate speech make me feel? What's my role and what can I do?
  • Are my people really using hate speech? How can I influence my people? How can we effect change in our community?
  • How can online stakeholders work together? What is needed to change the world?

The subthemes can, in turn, be approached from a number of different methodological lenses, in particular Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), media literacy (ML) and citizenship education (CE). This results in 100 different activities that educators will be able to navigate through and choose according to their needs.

SELMA Toolkit Concept Model for Research

The ultimate objective of the SELMA Toolkit is to enable teenagers to make constructive and ethical choices about personal behaviour and social interactions, by empowering them to be informed, critically literate, socially connected, respectful of diversity, ethically responsible and engaged.

The SELMA Toolkit is currently under development.

It will be available on this website in the spring of 2019.

The SELMA research report "Hacking Online Hate: Building an Evidence Base for Educators," which was published in February 2019, provides an empirical and theoretical backbone for the Toolkit.

Based on the SELMA Toolkit, additional resources and materials will be delivered in 2019:

  • A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from 16 September 2019 to 30 October 2019
  • Lesson plans and modules for teachers
  • A peer ambassador scheme for youth
  • Training and support materials for school professionals, educators, and parents
  • An online counselling programme for vulnerable youth
  • A "first-help" counselling and reporting app concept