The online world is not a parallel universe. Since its inception, its influence on our lives has grown dramatically – you only need to look at the issues around fake news to see how the effect of a warped and biased narrative can have on the way people think.
The internet is a hotbed of knowledge, opinions and stories, which can be accessed by anyone and everyone with an internet connection. While the vast majority use this as a tool of learning and insight, there are those who have more sinister intentions.
Since the heinous attack on the Manchester concert, Theresa May has insisted that world leaders need to do more to combat online extremism. The fight with ISIS and terrorism is a complex one and, as the Prime Minister put it, has moved “from the battlefield to the internet.” So who is responsible for weeding out radical ideas and what can be done to help?
The truth is that you don’t have to be a soldier to play a part in tackling radicalisation. Whether you’re a community member, a teacher, a parent or a tech company, we all have a responsibility to protect our very way of life that we hold so sacred.