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TELEVIZION 31/2018/2


Prejudice - the motivated devaluation of other people because they belong to a certain group - are extremely powerful. They give security in uncertain times, raise self-esteem, clarify the right to a higher position and naturally grant others fewer rights to a good and fulfilling life (Zick, vom Orde). Prejudice quickly turns into racism, which is always associated with discrimination and damage to others. Prejudices stir up strong feelings such as hatred, the emotion that can override norms of action, turn people into violent criminals and make people forget democratic principles. Racism can be promoted further through the media by staging the same stereotypes over and over again (Eckhardt Rodriguez, Dill-Shackleford, Cussler). Not every stereotypical representation leads to the build-up or consolidation of prejudices and racism, because media reception processes are complex and depend on the recipients' prior knowledge and everyday experience (Götz).
The media can also counteract prejudice and burgeoning racism. B. create media-mediated encounters. Children and young people in particular learn with the media and their stories, encounter other everyday cultures, get to know perspectives and the diversity of the world through media. Appropriately designed media offers can counteract prejudice, devaluation and racism and increase tolerance (Fisch). What is important are offers that reflect on various everyday cultures and convey knowledge, for example about different religions and minorities (Baranowski).
In order to counter prejudice and racism, it is not enough just to know and appreciate the diversity of our society. The aim of prevention should also be to convey the basic principles of devaluation and the consequences of discrimination, racism and extremism in an age-appropriate manner (Mörchen). Especially for children and young people who grow up in Germany, this cannot take place without dealing with the time of National Socialism and the Holocaust (Neckel, Götz / Holler). Education about racism and extremism and their consequences is a topic that has to start in elementary school. It is important to put the already existing chunks of knowledge in a meaningful context and to maintain the openness to the diversity of the world. Adolescents need knowledge and skills in order to counter the increasing and perfidious covert recruitment mechanisms of extremist organizations (Reinemann / Riesmeyer, Baugut / Neumann).
Children and young people need assurance about the continued existence of moral values ​​in our democracy. What quality media can offer them are background knowledge and arguments, especially in order to be able to counter the racist and extremist statements circulating in public discourse (Olbrich / Hübner).

Dr. Maya Götz


Andreas Zick
"We underestimate the power and violence of prejudice"
A conversation with Prof. Dr. Andreas Zick

Maya Götz
Children's knowledge of the terms "Muslim", "Jew", "Roma" and "Gypsy"

Manda Mlapa
Children’s television is mostly white

Karen Dill-Shackleford
Storytelling makes all the difference

Maya Götz
What children know about World War II

Maya Götz / Andrea Holler
Like children the show The war and me understand
How children understand the show The War and Me

Carsten Reinemann / Claudia Riesmeyer
How young people come into contact with extremism
A conversation with Prof. Dr. Carsten Reinemann and Dr. Claudia Riesmeyer

Philip Baugut / Katharina Neumann
Radicalized by the media?
From discussions with 7 dropouts from the right-wing extremist scene, the authors worked out what role the media play in the radicalization process leading to right-wing extremism.



Marieke van Oostrum

Black Piet

Markus Mörchen
logo! - define, differentiate and offer backgrounds

Armin Olbrich / Tobias Huebner
»Solid arguments to position yourself in our society«



Heike from the Order

Prejudices: development, influencing factors and prevention

Ana Eckhardt Rodriguez
The black gangster and the illegal immigrant



Genia Baranowski

"We counter fear with knowledge"

Lene Neckel
The war and me

Andrea Holler
Recognize extremism on the web



Maya Götz

Nelly's adventure

Shalom fish
Promote acceptance of other people with a children's program?

Jonas Cussler
Disney and racism allegations


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