#TAKEPART - No hate speech
Words must not become a weapon. Deutsche Telekom is fighting for a network without hate in which we treat one another respectfully.
Together with these partners and initiatives we fight against hate speech.
Dare2Care is reinventing education to help young people in their personal development. In workshops and online training sessions, school students are encouraged to strengthen their digital civil courage so that they are better able to reflect on – and deal more effectively with – the challenges posed by hate speech, social media stress, and filter bubbles.
esports player foundation
The esports player foundation is a not-for-profit institution to promote excellence in esports and support top talents and professionals in achieving their full potential. In turn, esports players function as role models for millions of gamers, communicating sporting values such as fair play, making a stand against toxicity, and conveying to gamers the importance of seeing themselves as athletes: focusing on success factors such as sleep, nutrition, fitness, and also promoting a clear set of values.
Troubles – including those triggered by hate, hostility, threats, and verbal abuse online – don’t have to be borne alone. TelefonSeelsorge®, a German counseling hotline, supports victims of hate speech. It advocates dialing down the hate in our verbal interactions and encourages people to remain respectful even when their opinions diverge.
Cybermobbing Prävention e.V.
Berlin-based Cybermobbing Prävention e.V. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cyberbullying, sexting, and hate speech. In workshops for school students, in refresher courses and in events targeting parents, the organization adopts a highly empathetic and mindful approach, encouraging people to reflect on how they think and act, and to play a more active role in propagating pro-social behavior, both online and off.
LOVE-Storm – united against hate speech
We are stopping online hate speech with LOVE-Storm training sessions for digital civil courage. In online and in-person workshops, interested individuals, groups, and organizations can learn how to counter hate speech. It’s about supporting the victims and encouraging those who encounter hate speech to contradict the attackers and to set boundaries for them in a non-violent manner.
Diskutier Mit Mir – the app for political dialog
We lend all citizens a voice, but especially those who feel ignored or overlooked, and who hardly ever, if at all, join in the social debate. We want to become the standard tool for political discussion. To achieve that, we are aiming for broad reach in local and (cross-)regional media.
The Digitale Helden gGmbH from Frankfurt trains students from the 8th to 10th grade in online courses to become digital heroes. They become mentors for younger students in order to sensitise them to topics such as cyberbullying, sexting or hatred on the Internet. The training team supports pupils, parents and teachers in using digital communication competently and consciously.
The VielRespektZentrum center encourages respect and promotes diversity. The center is open to anybody who wishes to volunteer. Here, visitors can experience how the German Basic Law can be put into practice inside a single house. The VielRespektStiftung foundation also comprises the hotline for worried citizens and MeTwo activities, and is also where the Alimania late night show takes place.
The “ichbinhier e.V.” association aims to sensitize people to the issue of online hate and explains the causes of hate speech as well as the distribution and the effects of such speech. It supports people and institutions in all areas of society in being prepared for digital attacks and stands for more digital civil courage.
Gesicht Zeigen! encourages people to work actively against racism, antisemitism, homophobia and transphobia, Islamophobia, and right-wing extremism. Love Speech is an innovative, appreciative concept to offer young persons an alternative to hate when speaking and communicating with others. Online and offline.
The association offers young people online help when it comes to cyberbullying, WhatsApp stress, and similar issues. In 2019, we held joint workshops with Teachtoday on the topic of cyberbullying for instance.
Under the “Media, sure! But secure.” banner, Teachtoday supports children & young persons, parents & grandparents, as well as teachers with practical and everyday tips. A toolbox contains a range of materials for various areas of children’s and young people’s lives.
Amadeu Antonio Stiftung
The Amadeu Antonio Foundation works to strengthen democratic civic society and eliminate right-wing extremism, racism, and anti-semitism.
Medien, aber sicher!
Deutsche Telekom’s website “Media, sure! But secure.” bundles initiatives for more media literacy. It has been given the “we care” label in the category “Digital participation.”
Freunde fürs Leben
10,000 people die each year in Germany as a result of suicide. People who suffer from (cyber) bullying are three times more likely to take their own lives than those who have never experienced bullying. The Freunde fürs Leben e.V. association wants to change this through measures such as informing adolescents and young adults about mental health, depression, and suicide.
Bündnis gegen Cybermobbing
The Bündnis gegen Cybermobbing association is committed to informing and sensitizing society about cyberbullying. It also provides a consultation service to educational institutions or media organizations, for example.
The SCROLLER children’s media magazine is geared specifically to children aged nine to twelve to improve their media literacy. SCROLLER is available in both an interactive web version and a free print format. The current issue (04/2020) takes a look at digital civil courage and deals with questions on cyberbullying.
ZDK Gesellschaft Demokratische Kultur
ZDK Gesellschaft Demokratische Kultur is an organization that campaigns for the basic values of freedom and dignity. With campaigns such as #Hasshilft (#Hatehelps), it gives a clear signal about online hate, educates, and presents creative ways to make people aware that we need to make changes.
One offering on the “Media, sure! But secure.” website is the #TAKEPART stories portal, highlighting current issues from our everyday digital life such as digital democracy and digital civil courage.
Prävention 2.0 e.V.
One of the aims of the Prävention 2.0 association is to enable children to discover the digital world with curiosity and learn how to look after themselves as well as others when online. Prevention and sensitization are the most important measures to protect against online violence. The Prävention 2.0 e.V. association makes this goal a reality through various projects and brings together the parties committed to media literacy throughout Germany.
The target of the klicksafe initiative is to promote people’s online skills and support them in adequately and critically using the internet with various offerings. In Germany, the EU initiative organizes the annual Safer Internet Day.
Nummer gegen Kummer
The “Nummer gegen Kummer” association is the largest free telephone advice hotline for children, young people, and parents in Germany. Anyone encountering cyberbullying and needing help can also call the service and speak to understanding contact persons . Within the protective surroundings of a confidential phone or online consultation, the volunteer consultants support affected adolescents in mastering the challenges posed by their digital environments and help worried parents to proficiently support their children.
The objective of fake news is to influence people’s opinions – something that often leads to hate and exclusion. The Reporterfabrik journalism school provides information and aims to promote media literacy. The web academy is open to everybody – the reporter4you scheme, aimed at children and young people, has been established and the reporters visit schools to speak about serious journalism.
Hate has many faces: Cyberbullying, hate speech and internet backlashIt's important to know that hate and aggression can take many forms in cyberspace. But what kind of content amounts to cyberbullying, hate speech or internet backlash?
Cyberbullying, so klicksafe.de (German only), is normally aimed at individual persons, and it is often carried out by perpetrators known to the victim in "real" (offline) life. In addition, cyberbullying often functions as an extension of real-life bullying. Typical cyberbullying tactics include posting of photos that show the victim in embarrassing situations and that, "ideally," will get widely shared. Usually, cases of cyberbullying continue for prolonged periods.
Internet backlash is a different story. It's a storm of outrage. As the Federal Agency for Civic Education (German only), a non-partisan political-information institute, reports, internet backlash consists of veritable avalanches of negative comments focused on a specific person, institution or company. In most cases,it is triggered by a specific statement, image, advertisement or announcement. As a result, internet backlash tends to last for only a short time. Furthermore, the comments it includes are not always threatening or insulting. For those targeted, their impact lies in its sheer volume, which can overwhelm any attempts to respond or take countermeasures.
In contrast to cyberbullying, hate speech is often aimed at entire groups, or at representatives of groups. The Amadeu Antonio Foundation (German only) describes hate speech as a series of hate-filled statements. Such statements often focus on characteristics such as skin color, origins/background, sexual orientation, age, gender, disabilities or religion. In some cases, such group-oriented inhumanity takes the form of racist messages spread by ultra-right or populist groups.
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