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.