Know about keeping safe from radicalisation.
An explanation about what is meant by the warning signs of radicalisation and ways in which individuals may become radicalised and the methods that may be adopted to encourage people to join in, adopt their radical beliefs and become involved in criminal activity.
e.g. Propaganda particularly on the internet and social media sites.
Befriending to become part of a group or ‘community’.
Targeting those identified as susceptible and marginalised - such as by gender, age, economic class or ethnicity. (Hate and Mate crime)
Situations in which you might be at risk.
These might include:
Getting involved with new groups with strong views about politics or other issues
Talking to people you don’t know online about politics or other issues
New friendships with people with strong views
Learners should be encouraged to think about risk and where to seek advice if they are concerned, not to avoid new situations or friendships or online activity.
Warning signs that you might be being radicalized might include:
Being asked to do something you think might be illegal (e.g. to sell drugs, hack into a website), to keep something secret or to hide something.
Being encouraged to drop old friends or to spend less time with your family.
Someone persuading you to believe things you think might be untrue or that your views or those of your family/friends are wrong.
Being asked to give money to a group whose views you think may be dangerous.
Doing things you don’t want to do because you are afraid to say no.
Being asked to change the way you behave or dress to fit in with a new group.
Being asked to go on marches, handout leaflets or go to meetings where people talk about taking /call for illegal action.
Ways to keep safe from radicalisation - Focus on raising awareness in a safe way.
Online safety could include:
Don’t post personal information like address, phone number.
Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of self or others.
Keeping privacy settings as high as possible.
Not giving out passwords.
Don’t befriend people you do not know.
Don’t meet up with people you have met online – people are not always who they say they are online.
Respect other people’s views, not being rude and insulting if you don’t agree with them.
Know your faith so you can identify an extremist version of it, ask for advice from a trusted source if you are unsure or suspicious, don't keep secrets from your family and friends.
Critically think why someone might ask you to become involved in violence, bloodshed or murder.
If something is seen online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried – leave the website, turn off the computer and tell a trusted adult.
Keeping safe with mobile phones
Don’t give your phone number out to someone you don’t know.
Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know.
Don’t reply to messages from people you don’t know.
Don’t reply to nasty messages.
Keep messages and show them to a trusted adult, make a note of the time and date.
Let withheld callers or unknown numbers go to voicemail.
Block numbers if necessary.
Tell someone if you are worried.
Keeping safe in the community
When you are out and about know how to keep yourself safe.
Know where safe places are in the community.
What to do if they have concerns about radicalisation.
What to do if you feel you are or another person is at risk of being radicalised - seek support, talk to family, teachers, religious leaders.
What to do if you become aware of possible or actual extremist activity -There are many ways to get help: report to the police, report this anonymously online. Immediate action may be required to prevent an atrocity.
Better to tell someone else even if it turns out that there was nothing to be concerned about, rather than keeping quiet about something that is worrying you.
Identify situations where they might be at risk of radicalisation.
Identify some of the warning signs that people they are engaging with might be trying to radicalise them.
State some key ways they can keep themselves safe from radicalisation, including when on-line.
State what to do if they have any concerns about radicalisation.