Questions & Answers

You are the first line of protection for your children: be aware of the signs and know what action to take.

It is valuable to discuss the risks and issues with your children from a young age, to give them a safe space to discuss complex issues and give them confidence to challenge extremist narratives.

As they become more independent, they will explore new ideas and push boundaries – teenagers are often searching for answers to questions about identity, faith and belonging, as well as looking for adventure and excitement. This can make them vulnerable to extremist groups, who may claim to offer answers, an identity and a strong social network. Because they know young people are vulnerable, extremist groups often target them – frequently via the internet and social media.

A number of young British people have travelled to Syria or become involved with far-right groups in the UK after being influenced online by extremist groups. You play an important role in helping to keep your children safe from the risks posed by extremist groups.

Popular Resources

A non-profit organisation that works with others to make the internet a safe place for children.

Provides vital information for parents looking to understand the risks involved if children travel to Syria.

A collection of articles, tips, expert advice and other resources to help parents keep up with what their children are doing online.

Anonymously report any online material promoting terrorism.

The NSPCC is the leading children’s charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood.

Helps families deal with the many difficulties thrown up by the pace of technological change, and helps parents keep children safe online.

Information for parents on keeping children and young people safe against radicalisation and extremism.

Advice on keeping children and young people safe online, from Childnet International, SWGfL and the Internet Watch Foundation, plus a helpline and a hotline.