Safeguarding online - Explaining the risk posed by violent extremism
The internet is a huge
source of positive experiences that offers unprecedented opportunities for
global information exchange, communication, networking and education. However, alongside
these benefits are risks, often similar to those in the offline world.
The offline risks of
terrorism and violent extremism are well-known, and these are mirrored online.
Terrorists and violent extremists exploit the internet for both operational purposes
and as a tool for radicalisation and recruitment. This represents a serious
risk to vulnerable individuals using the internet.
The Office for Security and
Counter Terrorism in the Home Office has produced a document "Safeguarding online - Explaining the risk posed by violent extremism" which explains the
risks posed by violent extremist material on the internet. The leaflet provides
case studies, highlights legal issues and offers advice to individuals and
schools on how to protect vulnerable individuals from this type of material.