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Hacking hate


Hacking hate – How to empower young people to understand and disrupt online hate

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Online hate speech is a growing problem. Parents, teachers and everyone educating young people must be aware of the negative effects online hate can have on individuals, groups and society in general. This course helps you to better understand the phenomenon of online hate and will cover different ways to make your students more resilient. Throughout the course the concept of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is used and demonstrated as a way of empowering young people to disrupt online hate.

The course contains reflection and discussion activities, but also many ideas and activities for classroom practice and for usage in a broader community. The content of the MOOC is heavily based on the SELMA Toolkit.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the approach of Social and Emotional Learning as a way to prevent and tackle online hate.
  • Learn how to create a personal digital portfolio to curate interesting course materials and contributions of other participants.
  • Develop sustainable strategies to effect widespread positive change around online hate speech.
  • Learn about the SELMA Toolkit and other ways to be involved in the SELMA project.
  • Learn how to use the resources of the SELMA Toolkit to create a successful peer-led programme.


The course is for teachers on all levels, school leaders, social and youth workers and parents and anyone interested in the topic. Course participants will be encouraged to pass on the gained knowledge to their respective networks of young people. No previous knowledge on the topic is required.


  1. Module 1: Online Hate and Myself
  2. Module 2: Online Hate in your Social Life
  3. Module 3: Online Hate in the Digital Society
  4. Module 4: Disrupt Online Hate


In order to earn a course certificate, course participants need to complete all four modules. The final deadline to complete all activities is 23 October 2019, 23:59 CEST. In order to receive the certificate, the participation in the quizzes will be counted for 15% and the lesson or action plan together with the peer reviews, will count for 85% and the overall passing grade is 95%.

Note to teachers from Portugal: You can get your successful participation in a European Schoolnet Academy course formally recognised as a valid continuous professional development, and thereby acquire the relevant number of training hours, by sending your certificate to the Conselho Científico e Pedagógico de Formação Contínua (CCPFC) at Rua do Forno, nº 30, 1º andar - apartado 2168, 4700 - 429 Braga, Portugal. For more information, please contact the CCPFC.

Course Staff

Bart Verswijvel - course coordinator

Bart Verswijvel is a Belgian educator and expert trainer who works as a Senior Adviser for European Schoolnet. He is an international keynote speaker and a leader of workshops, TeachMeets and Twitter chats, as well as the pedagogical lead of the Future Classroom Lab, the concept of a flexible learning space.

Sabrina Vorbau - course moderator

Sabrina Vorbau is Project Manager at European Schoolnet in its Digital Citizenship Team. She works for a variety of online safety projects such as Better Internet for Kids, Web We Want, the eSafety Label and SELMA. She is in charge of managing the Web We Want and eSafety Label projects and supporting the management of the SELMA project, which is focusing on the topic of online hate speech. Further, Sabrina is also coordinating the eSafety taskforce group of eTwinning.

Originally, from Germany, Sabrina holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economic Sciences: Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Antwerp. Prior to joining EUN, she worked at the European Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna.

Disclaimer and Copyright

SELMA (Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness) is a two-year project funded under the European Union's Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). The project is coordinated by European Schoolnet with the support of five other organization from Denmark, Germany, Greece and the United Kingdom. More information about the SELMA consortium here.

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All content on this course unless specified otherwise is licensed under a >Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

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    4 hours (16 in total)