Online Racism

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Sometimes, racism online is so blatant that it's an actual shock to witness. More often, it's the sort of subtle, insidious racism that could be plausibly passed off as 'a joke' or 'a misunderstanding'. Our short explainer video examines the ways that race hate can rear its head in the digital world, and how it tends to spread.

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What is online racism?

Instant connectivity and social media have transformed the world, but they can be used for both good and bad.

A negative side-effect of the ability to instantly connect with people is that it’s now even easier for racists to spread hate and abuse.

Memes and videos containing racist slurs are commonly spread across platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and TikTok and passed as entertainment.

On the other hand, it can be so subtle that other people don’t even notice it.

For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.