Extremist Content

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Type of Resource

Guidance

Publication Date

September 25, 2023

Topic/s

Harmful or inappropriate content  
The internet can be misused to facilitate the radicalisation of children and young people. This can happen when they are groomed online by perpetrators or, in other cases, self-radicalised from being exposed to extremist content.

Understanding the Different Terms

Radicalisation is the process where a young person becomes familiar with and accepting of extreme views.
Extremism is when a person holds extreme political, ideological, or religious views – they are extreme because they exist outside of mainstream thought.
Violent extremism refers to when violence is used to further these views.

Since 2010, The Home Office say that more than 310,000 pieces of illegal extremist content have been removed from the internet.

The internet itself is not responsible for the radicalisation of children and young people, but it creates a fertile environment where behaviours can accelerate the process of radicalisation in ways never seen before.

Young people may be more vulnerable to the impact of harmful extremist content without the right critical thinking and media literacy skills.

Violent content can be used in the radicalisation process, where it depicts an act of violence on minorities by armed forces or other extremist groups. This content can be designed to show injustice which incites anger as part of the radicalisation process.

What does extremist content look like?

Extremist content can have obvious or implied meanings. Examples can include:

Identifying Hidden Risks

There is much publicity and focus placed on fundamentalist extremism related to Islamic groups. However, there is also a significant risk to children from other forms of extremism associated with the far-right nationalist movements in the UK and abroad.

Key Issues of Online Radicalisation

What might make a young person vulnerable to extreme content?

It is important to recognise that vulnerable children who feel isolated and excluded can be more vulnerable to online extremism.

Practical Tips

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