Recognition and celebration of difference is a key part of this resource, with many of the discussion prompts and activities specifically designed to support young people in considering how other’s experiences may differ from their own.
It is likely that some of the learners in your setting will identify with or share characteristics that our research showed made them more likely to be a target of online hate. As an educator, you will be familiar with how some of these characteristics present and intersect among the young people you work with, though you may not know exactly which are relevant for every child.
It is important to ensure that discussion of all characteristics is tolerant, respectful, and positive, regardless of whether these traits are represented in a group of learners or not. It must also be recognised that many of the young people in your care will have lived experiences of prejudice, both online and offline, but that this does not mean they should be expected to speak about or for a particular group.
Additionally, it is possible that some learners in your setting will identify with or share hateful attitudes that this resource works to counter. If this becomes apparent, the safety and care of all learners is the priority.
Revisit established ground rules and reference any policies for your school/setting which make clear that hate speech will not be tolerated. Learners with protected characteristics who may have been disproportionately affected should also be offered additional support and safeguarding, including a check-in at the end of the session.
Whilst it is important to explain why prejudice and intolerance are wrong, young people should not be publicly judged or shamed and instead may benefit from a more private, targeted discussion outside of the main session.