On Wednesday our class participated in an incursion called ‘Click Against Hate’ run by the Anti-Defamation Commission. This was a rich and relevant opportunity for our students to develop and explore their understanding of bias and the repercussions for the way they communicate in our world today.
Following are some of the notes on our session. It is worth discussing further at home with your parents:
Dangers with access to the internet::
Strategies for dealing with online issues:
Tell an adult
Turn off the device
Take a screenshot
Report the abuse
REPORT REPORT REPORT!
*It is a good idea to keep devices out of the bedroom over night to ensure it doesn’t disturb sleep
*If you get something from someone that is out of character – don’t use the same media to respond, it might not be them.
* Watch out for ‘freebies’ – nothing is free without a catch!
*Limit online interaction to people you know in person.
Why do people hate?
lack of understanding or education
it is how they have be taught to treat others
No one is born hating, we LEARN to hate. Our experiences define who we become and our attitudes to groups of people. Racism and hatred of groups is usually based on experience – either directly or through what we have been taught by the people around us.
Defamation – to lower someone’s opinion of someone else by saying something untrue to effect their reputation – often in public.
Incitement – influencing people to do what they know is wrong
Racism – poor treatment or violence against people because of their race and the belief that some races are better than others.
Islamophobia – hatred and fear of muslins and negative acts against them.
Antisemitism – fear and hatred of Jewish people
These ideas are often spread through images and propaganda which help to spread the idea subliminally.
Everything you post becomes part of your digital footprint (text, posts, tweets and photos). Try the Hero Test: picture two people you admire and ask ‘would that person approve of what I am about to post?’
‘Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but is has not solved one yet.’ Maya Angelou
The students are now working on posters which promoted understanding and acceptance and we will share once these are ready.