Discussing Taboos and Controversial Issues in order to Prevent Radicalisation
Society should provide youngsters with a safe space to discuss sensitive topics, such as sexual orientation, racism, political views, cultural differences, religion and mental health. The taboos and controversy that sometimes accompany these topics leave many parents and professionals unwilling to discuss them. But ignoring these topics will not make them go away, and doing so can create an opening for extremist milieus to provide answers.
Discussing taboos certainly means taking risks, but it also means taking responsibility for the psychological development of the generation to come. Youth work has a role to play in this. This paper offers youth workers accessible tips and methodologies to discuss taboos and controversial topics with youngsters.