10.8 Current debates and reforms
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Forthcoming policy developments
Reorientation of the youth strategy from 2019
As an ongoing process, the Austrian Youth Strategy is subject to continuous development. In order to strengthen the establishment of youth policy across sectors and to better take into account the realities of life of young people, the Austrian Youth Strategy will be expanded in terms of content during this legislative period.
Based on the fields of action (Handlungsfelder) of the youth strategy, youth goals are currently being developed and measures geared to these goals or newly developed.
The field of action “Media and Information” is explicitly addressing youth work:
Safe and competent use of opportunities
It is particularly important for youth policy to actively use the digitisation of our information society as an opportunity. In many ways, young people are at the forefront of digitisation and the acquisition of new technologies and media. Precisely for this reason and because of their phase of life, they are also exposed to special risks.
The Austrian Youth Strategy with the new field of action “Media and Information” places particular emphasis on all those measures aimed at strengthening the media literacy of adolescents, families, youth workers and other educational practitioners. These include strengthening information literacy and providing information that is relevant to youth and relevant to youth, especially in times of cyberbullying, hate speech and "fake news".