A better and tolerant internet for kids

Today we celebrate the International Day of Tolerance, a day which certainly cannot be forgotten especially given the recent tragic events which took place in Beirut, Baghdad and Paris perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

For the joint Insafe-INHOPE networks, this day sheds a light on the importance of our work tackling online radicalisation and extremism. In fact, this was the main topic of the Insafe training meeting which took place in Prague, in May 2015. Up to now, statistics show that around 4,000 young Europeans left their homes to join the Islamic State becoming themselves a terrorist threat. Therefore, during the training meeting, the network of Safer Internet Centres and colleagues from industry, including Facebook and Twitter, discussed and shared their expertise on how to tackle this alarming issue, having in mind that these young people are mostly recruited via illegal websites on the internet which promote violent extremist propaganda. 
How can Safer Internet Centres respond to online radicalisation? What messages do we need to provide to young people to ensure they have the resilience to deal with violent extremist and terrorist content they may access online? In the second edition of the Better Internet for Kids bulletin, you will find a range of articles and resources from key stakeholders on this issue.  
On this International Day of Tolerance we should reflect on the role we all have to play to ensure young people have access to positive online content and promote values of peace, solidarity and tolerance. 

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Online extremism and radicalisation

Online extremism is an issue that has received a great deal of attention in recent months. Especially after the terrorist attacks in November 2015 in Paris, the subsequent Brussels lockdown due to high-level terrorist alert and the attacks in March 2016, the fear that young people can be groomed online in Europe by violent extremists and terrorists and encouraged to leave their home countries in order to join IS (Islamic State) in Iraq or Syria has grown, along with another fear that, through immersion in violent extremist cyberspaces, vulnerable young people can also be radicalised to carry out attacks in their home countries.