Whatever the ideology, extremists want to attract more people to agree with them and support their cause. Because young people are less experienced in recognising who they are talking to and what their motives are they can be easier to influence. Radicalisers befriend young people, often online or through social media, through the games that they play and the interests that they research.
Radicalisation is like any other sort of grooming – befriend the young person to get what you want.
A young person who is being radicalised will start to accept views which are harmful to themselves and others, leading to hate speech, possible hate crime and more serious behaviour leading to criminal offences linked to either malicious communications or counter-terrorism.
They might start to share extremist material, make their own material to share or plan to carry out some form of attack. Radicalisers will use young people to stop themselves being arrested.
If you are worried that this might be happening access Act Early Advice Line - 0800 011 3764. Alternatively, you can call the Police on 101 or if you think that there is an immediate risk call 999.