What is this website about?

As children grow and become more independent, it is not unusual for them to take risks, explore new things and push boundaries. Teenage years are often a time when young people will be searching for answers to questions about identity, faith and belonging, as well as looking for adventure and excitement.

This can mean that they are particularly vulnerable to extremist groups, who may claim to offer answers, as well as identity and a strong social network. And because they know young people are vulnerable, extremist groups often target them using the internet and social media to spread their ideology. There have been a number of tragic examples where young people have been misled by extremist groups, with some travelling to Syria and others becoming involved in hate crimes against minority groups.

The purpose of this website is to provide practical advice and support to help all individuals with an interest in keeping children safe from the dangers of extremism. This site has been created by the Department for Education and the Home Office, and is fully endorsed by the groups listed below.

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The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England. It works to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances.

The Home Office leads on immigration, passports, drugs policy, crime policy and counterterrorism and works to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK.

Childnet International is a non-profit organisation that works with others to make the internet a safe place for children.

Internet Matters is a non-profit organisation working to help keep children safe online. This includes e-safety issues, news and advice from industry experts, guidance on setting parental controls and filters, and reviews on the latest technology and apps.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading organisations – Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. The centre has three main functions: an awareness centre, a helpline and a hotline.

The Parent Zone provides information, help, advice, support and resources to parents, teachers, health professionals, police officers, e-safety officers and HR professionals – anyone who engages with parents.

The NSPCC is the leading children’s charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood. The NSPCC is the only UK children’s charity with statutory powers to take action to safeguard children at risk of abuse.