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.