Background

Digitalisation affects in many different ways the lives of young people today, whether they are or not digitally active.

Digitalisation has brought many advantages, for example in relation to communication, access to information, education, leisure and fun, activism, economic development, time management and working. At the same time, digitalisation came also with risks, related to working conditions and environments, the digital divide, safety and data protection, health and well-being, media literacy and so on.

When it comes to social inclusion, the situation is similar. Digitalisation can help a lot, for example we can find programmes that use digital tools to improve young people’s skills for community engagement and for the labour market, online platforms for young people experiencing social disadvantage where they can mobilise, or programmes based on the collection of data. Digitalisation can also bring about risks, such as increasing the digital divide and creating also online exclusion, the Internet can be a tool to spread hate speech and increase discriminatory practices.

This year, the partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth is carryout out different activities looking at the links between digitalisation and the social inclusion of young people, notably a symposium and a research process.

One of the activities is this call for practices through which we are seeking to identify Practices of Using Digitalisation to Enhance Social Inclusion of Young People. We are looking for projects, tools, policy changes, research initiatives that had an impact on the social inclusion of young people. We are looking for practices that can inspire others to include digitalisation in their social inclusion work with young people.

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