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2019/Lithuanian Group about Radicability

Interview of Justina Lučinskaitė from the Lithuanian Group after the Training Course in Germany "Radicability" 2019


According to your opinion, what drives youth radicalization? 

In my opinion it can be many factors such as: 

  • Struggling with their of identity;

  • Feelings of distance from cultural or religious heritage and questions about place in the society;

  • Searching for answers to questions about identity, faith and belonging;

  • Isolation and alienation from country culture;

  • Family tensions;

  • Experience of a traumatic event;

  • Low self-esteem or unmet aspirations, including perceptions of injustice and a feeling of failure

  • Having a sense of grievance that is triggered by personal experience of racism or discrimination.

What is the role of youth organizations/NGOs in the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism?

Young people are an important focus in the prevention of radicalisation asthey can be a very vulnerable group. Some particularly vulnerable young people are difficult to reach. Youth workers and other practitioners working with young people in social settings should be involved,to detect early signs of radicalisation and to offer alternatives. They can also be positive role modelsor mentors. Youth workers are trained and experienced in working with youngsters on many problematic topics (drugs, sexual exploitation, gambling, gangs) and can use these skills to contribute tothe prevention of radicalisation.

What can we do to protect young people from extremist influences in the online environment? What are your tips for staying safe online?

As young people grow and become more independent, it is not unusual for them to take risks, explore new things and push boundaries. Teenage years are often a time when young people search for answers to questions about identity, faith and belonging, and look for adventure and excitement. In this case parents should be the first line of protection. They play an important role in helping to keep children in care safe from the risks posed by extremist groups. Talking to children openly and regularly, is the best way to them to undrestand the danger of online world. Is it important to explain a young person that it is easy for people to lie about themselves online because you have never met them. If parets feel that children can be easily effected by extremist influence, parents should start with a family discussion to set ground rules, boundaries and agree what is appropriate to do online.

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