Social awareness project against violent language.
- What do you care?
Virtual is real
On the Internet, I only write or say what I would dare to say in person.
You are what you communicate
The words I choose define who I am. They represent me.
Words shape the way I think
I take all the time I need to express my views in the best possible way.
Listen before you speak
No one can always be right, and nor am I. I listen, with an honest and open-minded attitude.
Words are bridges
I choose words to understand, make myself understood and get close to others.
Words have consequences
I am aware that what I say or write can have consequences, small or serious.
Share with care
I share texts and images only after I have read, assessed and understood them.
Ideas can be discussed.
People must be respected
Those whose views and opinions differ from mine are not enemies to be destroyed.
An insult is not an argument
I accept no offensive and aggressive words, even if they support my point of view.
Silence says something too
When it’s better to keep quiet… I do.
What’s the Manifesto
The Manifesto of Non-Hostile Communication is a commitment to shared responsibility for creating a respectful and civilized Internet that represents us and offers a sense of security. Written and adopted by a community of over 300 communicators, bloggers and influencers, it is a charter of 10 practical principles to guide online behaviour.
The Manifesto video
Activities with the Ministry of Education
On 14 September 2017, with the Minister Valeria Fedeli present, a memorandum of understanding was signed at the 3rd “Cortile di Francesco” event in Assisi between Parole Ostili and the Ministry of Education. It covers promotion of a non-hostile Internet culture for greater awareness of the use of digital tools, in a manner consistent with a genuine right to digital citizenship.
The protocol provides for joint development of initiatives and activities to build awareness of non-hostile communication and the right to active and informed digital citizenship, with the creation of specific training opportunities for teachers and students in Italy, and is inspired by the principles of the Manifesto of Non-Hostile Communication. It aims to counteract all forms of hostile language and encourage constructive and respectful personal communication, with a particular focus on schools.
The partnership will start work on 9 February 2018 with the “Parole a scuola” event, a free training day for teachers on the subject of digital skills and informed and responsible online communication.
Temporary Association of Purpose
You may download all the material free of charge and incorporate ideas for digital education in your teaching plans.
You will also find dozens of data sheets for the new educational path that is introducing the Manifesto of Non-Hostile Communication in Italian schools.
Are you a teacher?
There’s a surprise for you on 9 February!
If you’re a primary or secondary school teacher, make a note of this date: 9 February 2018.
To attend a one-day free training course on the themes of digital skills and hostile language.
What will it cover?
During the day there will be more than 30 lectures, discussions and interactive workshops lasting 50 minutes. There will be a brief general meeting beforehand, attended by the Minister of Education Valeria Fedeli.
The initiative is a concrete response to the need for action tools to tackle Internet hostility.
I would like to know more.
The event is organised jointly by ATS Parole O_Stili (formed by Associazione Parole O_Stili, the Catholic University of Milan and the Toniolo Institute Youth Observatory) with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education. It aims to provide teachers with the tools for education in digital citizenship, and to create a new educational path that will introduce the Manifesto of Non-Hostile Communication into Italian schools.
Why be there?
You will learn how to use the Manifesto of Non-Hostile Communication as a teaching aid for the development of digital citizenship and to educate your students to use communication tools wisely and correctly.
> You will have opportunities for meetings and discussions with colleagues from all over Italy.
> You will have the chance to help create an interdisciplinary and innovative educational and teaching path.
> You will feel part of a process of change.
Benefits for teachers
The teachers who will take part in 60% of the convention will enjoy:
> Attendance form.
> Digital Attendance form
In partnership with
The event is promoted by Safer Internet Center Italiano – Generazioni Connected as part of the initiatives carried out on the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2018 in Italy
Have you already used the Manifesto in the classroom?
Manifesto in the classroom?
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Words have enormous power. They express thoughts, transmit knowledge, encourage cooperation, build visions, enchant, heal, and foster love. But words can also hurt, offend, vilify, deceive, destroy and marginalise, dehumanising their speakers. We must therefore choose words well and wisely, in the real world and online. Since the Internet and social networks are virtual places where real people meet, we need to question who we are and how we should communicate and behave when we use them.