The growth of online hate speech and hate crime in recent years is something which is of great concern to teachers, schools and parents alike. Much of this hate speech is directed at immigrants and refugees. ‘Positive Messengers’ is a project combatting online hate speech and raising awareness of the pitfalls on online hate and online safety with young people. This is being developed as a partnership between the Languages Company, the British Council, and Goldsmiths University of London. The overall Positive Messengers project is European-funded with partners in the UK, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, and the Czech Republic.

The project is particularly suitable for primary or secondary (KS2-4) colleagues involved in Citizenship, e-safety, and MFL/international dimension – and an opportunity for some great cross-curricular work. The project is starting with a choice of two free interactive twilight meetings in January (either 11 or 18 January 2018) being held at the British Council in central London, working towards a positive social media campaign to coincide with Refugee Week in June 2018.

For further information about Positive Messengers and registration information download the flyer here 

Websites:

Positive Messengers – UK: https://www.languagescompany.com/projects/positive-messengers/

Positive Messengers – overall homepage: https://www.positivemessengers.net/