Extremism and Radicalisation of young people
Radicalisation is a process when an individual or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social, or religious ideals and aspirations that reject or undermine the status quo or undermine contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice.
Radicalisation can be really difficult to spot. Signs that may indicate a child is being radicalised include:
Children who are at risk of radicalisation may have low self-esteem, or be victims of bullying or discrimination. Extremists might target them and tell them they can be part of something special, later brainwashing them into cutting themselves off from their friends and family.
However, these signs don't necessarily mean a child is being radicalised – it may be normal teenage behaviour or a sign that something else is wrong. If you notice any change in a child's behaviour and you're worried, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000
Children are exposed to news in many ways, and what they see can worry them. Our advice can help you have a conversation with your child:
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