The Anne Frank Trust UK has launched a social media campaign and an online platform to raise awareness of hate targeted at young people.
#ShoutDownHate is our social media campaign that encourages 13-16 year olds to drive a positive, anti-hate narrative. Join the movement and #ShoutDownHate - and follow @voicesforchange_ on Instagram! ??#ShoutDownHate #education #noplaceforhate #ThursdayThoughts @ShelaghFogarty pic.twitter.com/qQ0UJ60rma— Anne Frank Trust (@AnneFrankTrust) April 26, 2018
The move from the charity comes after it was revealed that police records showed five young people a day were victims of hate crime between September 2016 and July 2017. #ShoutDownHate hopes to encourage teenagers to join a movement that highlights the issue, while the Voices for Change platform aims to bring together a UK-wide network of current and former Anne Frank ambassadors in a secure online environment, enabling them to access resources, share ideas for challenging prejudice and showcase their work to a wider audience.
Both initiatives were developed in collaboration with the Home Office's Building a Stronger Britain Together programme.
The trust's director of policy and strategy, Lucy Glennon, said: "In a world where the language of hate is in danger of becoming commonplace, particularly online, we trust our new platform will be a destination where these young ambassadors can safely share and discuss their own positive social endeavours and further promote the values of understanding and kindness that we all must observe if we are to be a society truly safe from prejudice and discrimination."