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Staying safe online

When it comes to social media recruiters and its supporters are anything but backward. They know that an increasing number of people use social media to stay in touch with friends, chat, meet people and engage with the world about them through the news and blogs. This is an important source that helps create opinions and stir passions. These are the platforms that they use to target your children.

Daesh is on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Ask.fm, Instagram, YouTube and many other platforms. Often these conversations begin on open social media sites and then move onto private messaging applications.

For some young people changes in their online profiles, including their profile image or name, can reflect the fact that they are beginning to associate with extremist ideas. Young people may even run two online identities, one their ‘normal’ or old self, the other an extremist identity, often in another name.