Grade 12

The Consequences of Online Hate Speech

What should the consequences for online hate speech be?

While some governments can't regulate hate speech, laws allow private organizations like social media apps and private universities to decide how to deal with hate speech within their spheres. How should these organizations respond to hate speech? What is an appropriate consequence? Pose these questions for students, and help them think through the importance of both respect for others and free speech.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Reflect on whether hate speech is considered free speech.
  • Identify the reasons for and against regulating online hate speech.
  • Use the Take a Stand thinking routine to consider the potential consequences of online hate speech.
Key Vocabulary: freedom of speech  ·  hate speech
freedom of speech:
the right to state one's opinions and ideas without being stopped or punished
hate speech:
an attack using any form of communication targeting a person or people because of a group they belong to -- race, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation, etc.
Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards

Lesson Plan

50 mins.

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