Let's face it, being a teen is not easy. With the ever-growing mountain of potential pitfalls teens may face, the last thing they want to deal with is the hatred, discrimination and bigotry that seems to be plaguing our online environments. To help combat this problem, Habbo
has joined forces with the Matthew Shepard Foundation
in a project they call "Erase Hate"
Beginning July 7th, the Matthew Shepard Foundation staff will make appearances twice a week in Habbo
to discuss those issues concerning young people in a safe environment. Main topics will include bullying, discrimination and any other forms
of hate experienced on and offline. Not only will these teens be taught how to deal with these concerns, but they will learn how to encourage respect among peers. "It is a mission of the Foundation to support young people and provide them with the resources to lead healthy, productive, hate free lives,"
said Judy Shepard
, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. "Our partnership with Habbo will allow us to have ongoing conversations with young people about what they can do in the fight to replace hate with understanding, compassion, and acceptance."