SELMA (Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness) is a two-year project co-funded by the European Commission which aims to tackle the problem of online hate speech by promoting mutual awareness, tolerance, and respect. The report “Hacking Online Hate: Building an Evidence Base for Educators” synthesises the main research findings of a comprehensive research programme carried out by the SELMA project to achieve a holistic understanding of the online hate speech phenomenon.
The overall vision of the SELMA project is captured by its catchphrase: Hacking Hate. It builds upon a Social and Emotional Learning approach to empower young people to become agents of change; it helps them to better understand the phenomenon of online hate; it provides them with tools and strategies to act and make a difference. Six partners from five countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, and United Kingdom) are part of SELMA. European Schoolnet is the coordinator of the project.
“Hacking Online Hate – Building an Evidence Base for Educators”: This report synthesises the main research findings of a comprehensive research programme carried out by the SELMA project to achieve a holistic understanding of the online hate speech phenomenon. The research comprises three interrelated components enriching each other: a literature review, a series of qualitative focus groups and an online quantitative survey. Together they provide a theoretical and empirical backbone for the education and awareness-rising activities carried out as part of the SELMA project.
The SELMA report was published in February 2019.