10 tips to be more tolerant on the Internet

With the development of the Internet and new technologies, it is now much easier to choose between products and services, gather information, or share ideas and opinions with others. With his arrival, it is said, that society has become democratized, but nevertheless demands much more tolerance towards the unknown, contrary to our opinions or interests . Opinion is within the reach of any hand, and therefore, it is much more important than ever to maintain a tolerant attitude. This Friday is the International Day for Tolerance, one of the objectives of the United Nations: to achieve international cooperation in solving problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian nature and in the development and encouragement of respect for human rights. and the fundamental freedoms of all, without making distinctions based on race, sex, language or religion.

Thus, bearing in mind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN established in 1995 the  International Day for Tolerance  and invited the Member States of the Organization to celebrate it, every November 16, with activities aimed at both educational centers and the general public. Previously, UNESCO had adopted the  Declaration of Principles on Tolerance , which affirms, among other things, that tolerance recognizes universal human rights and the diversity of peoples.

Now the campaign “10 steps for tolerance on the Internet” has been launched, backed by Movistar, Twitter, Injuve and PantallasAmigas, which is based on a series of tips for reflection and action. It is aimed at all audiences, but mainly at the young and adolescent collective since it has been conceived from an educational and reflective point of view.

The ten steps are as follows:

  1. Exercise your freedom of expression responsibly. Reflect on how it affects other people and their rights
  2. Stop to thinkbefore making a criticism. Make sure you have enough and truthful information that justifies it
  3. Use respectful tone and language. Excruciating or hurtful expressions detract from credibility and provoke violent reactions
  4. Remember that insulting, smearing, slandering or insultingis not making good use of freedom of expression. Sometimes there may be legal consequences
  5. Keep in mind that digital lynching is a form of violence. Avoid contributing to collective aggressions and do your part to avoid them
  6. Respectsomeone who is not like you or thinks differently. Diversity is an opportunity to learn and enjoy
  7. Cut the chains and memes that ridiculediscriminated ideas or groups. Religion, ethnicity, race, nationality, language, ideology, sexual orientation or gender identity are not grounds for exclusion
  8. Reject commentsthat are threatening or incite violence against a social group. Opposing is the best way to stop them
  9. Try to show your supportto those who you consider to be the victim of unfair treatment. A small gesture can be of great help
  10. Value the positive and tolerant tone. Make the Internet a better place by encouraging and creating a good atmosphere of coexistence and enjoyment


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