For many people, the internet and digital forms of communication, e.g. Instagram or TikTok, are an integral part of their social interaction. In the process, adolescents and young adults increasingly come across content that is harmful to young people, such as depictions of violence or extreme propaganda. Both right-wing extremists and actors of Islamist extremism use social media platforms to spread their ideologies and recruit young people via these digital communication channels.
Violence Prevention Network began transferring its offline expertise in radicalisation prevention and deradicalisation to the online sphere in 2015 and has since been implementing projects in the context of digital living environments. The central question here is how to enable access to target groups in the digital space in order to adapt approaches and measures to the permanently changing communication behaviour of (young) people as well as the social space they choose.