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Page Updated 25/04/2017

Parenting can be a challenging task and maintaining a positive relationship can sometimes be difficult as children grow, develop and seek an identity that may be different from that of their own family. As as our children grow up we have to take different steps to ensure their safety.

The internet provides entertainment, connectivity and interaction and children may need to spend a lot of time on the internet. Whilst studying, they use other social media and messaging sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Vine or Whatsapp, these can be useful tools but we need to be aware there are powerful programmes and networks that use this media to reach out to young people to communicate extremist messages.

Terrorist organisations are trying to radicalise and recruit young people through an extensive use of social media and the internet.

Young people may be drawn towards extremist ideologies because:

Signs to look out for may include:

Some suggestions that may assist you in keeping children and young people safe against radicalisation and extremism:

If you have any concerns that your child may be being influenced by others or that they may be imminently planning to travel call the Brent Family Front Door 020 8937 4300

If you are concerned that a child’s life is in immediate danger dial 999 or call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321

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If you feel there is a risk of a child leaving the country, consider what precautions you could take to prevent travel. You might want to consider taking the precaution of locking their passport in a safe place.

Some young people think they need to use a passport for confirming their age, they don’t, they can apply for an identification card. To obtain an official photo ID for the UK visit:

Educate Against Hate

Educate against hate gives parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.

Click on the picture below to go to the Educate against hate website.