Grade 10

Countering Hate Speech Online

How can we counter online hate speech and xenophobia?
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This lesson meets standards for AASL and ISTE.

As humans, we thrive on social connections and group associations. But this tendency can also lead us to be suspicious of people outside our group. This fear -- xenophobia -- can be overcome by more exposure to people who are different from us. However, the internet can often make this more difficult. Help students recognize this challenge and find strategies for navigating content online.

Students will be able to:
  • Describe the relationship between hate speech and xenophobia.
  • Analyze how the internet has contributed to an increase in hate speech and extremist views.
  • Describe one way to use the internet to combat one type of hate speech.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 50 mins.
Xenophobia and Hate Speech
10 mins.
The Internet and Extremism
20 mins.
Countering Hate Speech
20 mins.

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Video: Hate Speech Online Watch
Student Handout: The Internet and Extremism Student Version Answer Key
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