Know the signs

It can be worrying when you notice your loved one’s behaviour changing. It can be a difficult time and many parents want to know how to tell if their loved one has become involved with far-right extremism.

The truth is there’s no easy answer.

Lots of teenagers push the boundaries as a normal part of growing up, but it doesn’t mean they are being radicalised. The key is to look at the whole picture to see if there’s any real cause for concern.

Here are some signs people involved with extreme far-right groups may show:

Attitude

Change in mood. They may be more argumentative or aggressive.

Sudden increase in intolerance of other people’s views.

Give ‘scripted’ answers if you question their views.

Feel they are victim of injustice or blame others for their problems.

Behaviour

Secretive behaviour – for example hiding what they are looking at online.

Changes in routine, travel, friends or interests.

Idolising historical extremists for example Adolf Hitler and Oswald Moseley.

Supporting populist figures of today, for example Tommy Robinson.

Appearance

Change in appearance – they may wear different clothes or have new tattoos.

These may have far-right logos on the front, or new tattoos of Satanist or Neo-Nazi symbols.

Have far-right extremist literature, including books like Mein Kampf, Siege and The Turner Diaries, or flags, leaflets and posters.

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