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A rise in right-wing extreme views have taken hold in some sections of today’s young people. This had led to a counter-terror policing expert saying that far-right terrorists are getting younger. With a shocking annual rise in the number and percentage of people arrested for terror offences being under the age of 18.
These worrying trends are also against a backdrop of controversy around the strategies and schemes to help deter young people away from terrorism.
This VoteTopic took a closer look at some examples of extreme viewpoints and how they are persuasive to young people. Voters also had the opportunity to look at some of the ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors that lead to extremism and radicalisation.
"You can mostly recognise when somebody has extreme views because they might be showing anger or could be doing something rude but I also think because it could be on the internet instead of real life."
"Some young people are gullible and easily influenced. However, the majority of us know what's morally right from wrong; I think the world needs to give us more credit for that.”
"We realised that many of these views are horrible, but that they can be argued for in a powerful way that does often successfully convince people."