How do I know if my child is vulnerable to radicalisation online?

Experts give practical advice on how to recognise signs that your child might be at risks of being radicalised and what you can do to support them.

Sajda Mughal OBE

CEO of JAN Trust, Campaigner and Consultant
Expert Website

There are a number of warning signs that can be used as a guide to identify your child’s vulnerability to radicalisation:

  • Previous or current propensity towards extremist opinions
  • Sense of isolation from social group
  • Recent experience of serious traumatic event
  • Events affecting country or region of origin
  • Personal experience of racism or discrimination
  • Previous involvement with criminal groups

It’s crucial to bear in mind that this list is not exhaustive; nor is it solely indicative of vulnerability to radicalisation: there could be other issues which need addressing. However, if you feel that one or more of these characteristics applies to your child it is worth addressing this as soon as possible, in an open and calm manner which reassures them that you are a figure to be trusted who can be turned to for help and support in a situation of risk.

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