Katarzyna participated in the Training Course “Radicalization Stop” organized by PROJUVEN in Torremolinos, Spain
According to your opinion, what drives youth radicalisation?
In my opinion, radicalisation is driven by insufficient attention paid to young people. In such a situation, young people, surrounded by a multitude of possibilities, social-media, lack of appropriate authorities, are looking for strong role models. They feel the need to be in the company of their friends, to stand out and be noticed. Other factors include social exclusion (whether racial, religious, ethnic or sexual) and lack of adequate education of young people and their parents.
What can we do to protect young people from extremist influences in the online environment? What are your tips for staying safe online?
In order to protect young people, we must, above all, ensure an appropriate level of education for them (and their parents), social inclusion, teach them to think critically and assess risks, and provide them with alternative forms of spending their time. In the case of radicalisation, prevention is much more important and effective than an attempt to reverse the process of radicalisation. Therefore, local activities, i. e. mixed schools, sports clubs, lectures, etc. , are a very important factor.
What is the most important thing you have learned during the training? How do you plan to share and use your knowledge?
During the Training Course „Radicalization Stop”, I realized how important role we, youth workers, play in the lives of young people and how many opportunities EU gives us. Thanks to this project I met many amazing people who inspired me to continue my work. I will certainly share this experience, both in my organization and with my friends through social media.