The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has given new opportunities for violent extremists and terrorists to radicalise and recruit. During the pandemic they have particularly targeted vulnerable young people – who are spending more and more time online – through gaming platforms and chat rooms.
Government measures to stop the spread of the virus have had a significant social and mental health impact on young people. With universities, schools, youth centres and sports clubs closed, young people (namely those over 12 years of age) are cut off from their friends and social networks. As a result, young people are increasingly isolated, frustrated and uncertain about their future.
With violent extremists and terrorists seeking to capitalise, the need to reach out to and engage with young people has never been more important. While practitioners must find new ways to engage with young people online, as government measures are eased towards the summer we must also consider how to engage young people offline, in schools and out in the community.
In this Spotlight, RAN practitioners working in the fields of youth work and education, including the Working Group leaders of the RAN Youth and Education Working Group, share their insights and experiences on different aspects of the challenge, including how to engage with young people online, in the classroom, through art and through sport. We also hear the perspectives of young people themselves.
EDITORIAL COVID and P/CVE
ARTICLE Youth isolation
INTERVIEW Youth engagement: A practitioner perspective
FEATURE Web Citizens
ARTICLE Using popular culture to engage vulnerable youth
FILM Engaging young people through sport
FEATURE SPEY project
OPINION The algorithm generation
ARTICLE Fostering youth engagement in French schools
FEATURE Athena-Syntax: Where art and education meet
PROFILES RAN YOUNG
PAPER Empowering young people to successfully participate in P/CVE
HIGHLIGHTS RAN Activity on RAN YOUNG
LIBRARY Discover More
Dennis DE VRIES
Milena DE MURGA