In recent years there has been a remarkable shift in the way extremists use the internet to spread their ideology and radicalise.
Daesh use the internet and social media extensively to communicate and spread their messages. Daesh propaganda includes images and videos that present their vision as an exciting alternative to life in the west. This media presents Daesh as the powerful creators of a new state to which all Muslims have a duty to travel. This ignores the fact that Daesh is a terrorist organisation engaged in killing innocent men, women and children – most of them Muslims. When their official media group releases material online they encourage supporters on social media to share the material – this is what gives Daesh its large reach, particularly to young people.
Neo-Nazi and extreme rightwing groups have also proved adept at using the internet and social media to spread their ideology and seek recruits. Stormfront was the first major white supremacist and neo-Nazi internet forum and is still very active today. Britain First and the English Defence League are also active online, particularly on social media.
If you are ever worried about your child’s safety online and want to talk to someone, you can call the NSPCC’s online safety helpline on 0808 800 5002.