Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) Through Media Literacy

Our Approach

Shout Out UK is a modern solutions-driven education provider which employs media literacy to disrupt disinformation by malicious actors and protect audiences online.

Prevent Duty: Adapting to new updates

In the year ending March 2022, of the 6,406 referrals to Prevent, 33% (2,127) were for individuals with a vulnerability present but no ideology or CT risk. Referrals due to concerns regarding Extreme Right-Wing radicalisation (1,309; 20%) were the second highest, followed by referrals regarding Islamist radicalisation (1,027; 16%). 2% (154) of referrals were due to concerns regarding school massacres, and 1% (77) of concerns were incel-related. (Home Office: Official Statistics, Published 26 January 2023).

Shout Out UK’s interventions are suited to the updates reflected in statistical evidence and policy recommendations to schools. Our interventions focus on building resilience to the techniques and methods utilised by extremist actors to spread Far-Right/Left, Extreme Islamist and Mixed, Unclear and Unstable (MUU) ideologies.

The above risks currently represent over half of all Prevent referrals, and we understand schools will be concerned with how to approach these risks. Teaching media literacy skills and knowledge helps us ensure that students taking part in our programmes will leave with long-lasting tools and skills to safeguard themselves from these threats – directly empowering young people and ensuring their online safety outside of school.

Our services

In response to the recent proliferation of misinformation and disinformation online, as well as alt-right extremism on various social media platforms, Shout Out UK has designed a Media Literacy Programme for students, as well as a train-the-trainer (CPD) Media Literacy programme for teachers, youth workers and other safeguarding officials. These programmes ensure that both young people and frontline professionals are equipped with skills to tackle 21st century issues, and resilience against online radicalisation and extremism.

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Youth programme

This programme aims to equip young people with the necessary research and critical thinking skills required to tackle disinformation, misinformation and extremism online. Students will leave the session with a thorough vocabulary list for core Media Literacy terms and concepts, these being:

  • Dis, Mis and Mal Information, including the ability to identify them.
  • Science Literacy: Uncovering the science behind narratives on pandemics, abortion, identity and race.
  • Extreme Misogyny and the Manosphere.
  • Deep Fakes: Understanding how this emerging technology influences the way in which news is interpreted.
  • AI and Emerging Technology: Learning how new technologies are being used in disinformation campaigns / attacks.
  • The digital trafficking of people’s virtual likeness.

If you have any specific topics you would like us to discuss during the training, we are able to tailor the programme content to your students and local context (including language translation when required).

Train-the-trainer programme (CPD)

Our Train-the-trainer programme closely follows that of our student programme. The aim of our training is to equip professionals with both the skills and the confidence to apply practical Media Literacy teaching to a variety of educational settings, which can then be integrated into their practices and ultimately passed on to young people to safeguard them and build their resilience to online radicalisation.

The transferable and sustainable skills you will develop during the session will enable you to tackle the constantly-evolving nature of online radicalisation.

If you would like to tailor the programme to your needs and requirements, we are happy to accommodate. Others have asked for the following:

  • Support in the prevent referral process, including the channel process.
  • Tackling Controversial Issues: How to frame debates and discussions.
  • Translation into Welsh, Russian and Romanian.
  • Localising examples used in materials.

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