A Digital Empowerment Workshop

for Middle and High Schools

Social media and online gaming are increasingly bringing hateful and harmful messages into the lives of young people. Every child is vulnerable to seeing offensive messages, and every child can assume responsibility to reject it.

The Museum of Tolerance (MOT)’s new dynamic, hands-on, classroom-based workshop engages students in critical thinking for decoding and rejecting online hate. This is an online safety curriculum aligned with ISTE digital citizenship standards and built on foundational media literacy skills. Students will apply Center for Media Literacy’s 5 key questions to diverse real life examples compiled by the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC)’s Research Department. They are challenged to interpret the messages and their impact. The workshop ends using an action planning worksheet which all students take home for ongoing use.

The MOT is a recognized provider of anti-bias and critical thinking education in Los Angeles. Drawing from the Museum’s exhibits such as “Digital” and “Assuming Responsibility” the workshop is interactive and engages youth in determining their own solutions. The workshop provides an opportunity to begin and maintain critical conversations between adults and students regarding online safety and speaking up against hate.

The workshop is 50 min and is delivered in your classroom by one of our trained facilitators. To request a FREE workshop, email:, or call: 310-772-2508

*This program relies on the participation of all caring adults in a school community. Ask us about free PD for educators interested in learning the workshop and access to free supporting educational resources.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center- Museum of Tolerance (SWC-MOT) is the recipient of a grant from the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES).

FOR EDUCATORS: Participate in our Combatting Online Hate in Schools: What to Know, What to Do professional development on May 24, 2019 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

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