Radicalisation and Extremism
It can be hard to know when extreme views become something dangerous. And the signs of radicalisation aren't always obvious.
Spotting signs and getting help
Radicalisation can be really difficult to spot. Signs that may indicate a child is being radicalised include:
- isolating themselves from family and friends
- talking as if from a scripted speech
- unwillingness or inability to discuss their views
- a sudden disrespectful attitude towards others
- increased levels of anger
- increased secretiveness, especially around internet use.
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 pre-teen 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 talk to the Designated Safeguarding Lead in your child’s school or you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or you can visit the NSPCC website.