Schools should teach students about peace and pluralism to reduce radicalisation, not necessarily about every world conflict and religion. Australian teen Jake Bilardi with Islamic State fighters.
Introducing new curriculum requirements to teach young people about specific issues or requiring teachers to look out for signs of radicalisation are just as likely to have little or no impact if not supported by evidence.
Open debate is essential to prevent radicalisation.
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From July 1, schools have a legal duty to prevent pupils being radicalised.
No society is immune from the rise of ‘us and them’ intolerance expressed through anger and a desire for brutal revenge.
Islamic State is symptomatic of a disturbed and troubled social order. The vast crisis of dislocated people and communities is being expressed in anger, intolerance and perverted notions of honour.
Zaky Mallah argued that the government’s policies play into the hands of ‘recruitment propaganda’ designed to appeal to alienated young Muslims.
It is important that we do not entirely dismiss Zaky Mallah's comments on Q&A. He sheds light on a seductive mechanism for young Muslims that is real.
François Hollande addresses the press at the Elysée Palace.
Cuts to surveillance and questions about French values were problem even before the attack near Lyon.
There are no easy ‘tell-tale signs’ of radicalisation.
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Extra attention from university staff could make it hard to reconcile being publicly Muslim with being an 'ordinary' student.
Young people are already talking about this, but what are they saying?
Talha Asmal is believed to have become the UK's youngest suicide bomber, prompting more questions about how we can protect young people from radicalisation.
What possesses a Queensland teenager like Oliver Bridgeman to go to fight in Syria? Online propaganda is not an adequate explanation on its own.
Simplistic views of terrorist recruitment focus on online messages to Western youth. Foreign fighters are coming from many other countries, lured by many means, and we need more sophisticated responses.
Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum left the UK in mid-February.
Record numbers of arrests of young Britons on suspicion of terrorism offences shows the need for a new and effective approach to online jihad.
Watch what you say.
Counter-extremism proposals replace tolerance with incarceration.
The federal government wants to stop terrorists groups recruiting Australians online.
A crackdown on terrorist groups that use the internet and social media to recruit Australians is part of the federal government's new budget.
Melbourne teenager Jake Bilardi was troubled and thus susceptible to Islamic State propaganda well before he joined them and died as a suicide bomber.
The instinctive response to Islamic State propaganda is to counter it with more propaganda. But my analysis shows that's not working. We should not play their game on their field with their ball.
Pictures of smiling young IS fighters on social media glorify their narratives to people back home.
Picture courtesy of author from IS supporters' social media page.
Governments around the world are grappling with how to fight radicalisation in the age of social media.
Australian Muslims feel that they are being targeted as a group by counter-terrorism laws.
The majority of Muslims in Australia condemn terrorism and extremism. But they feel that counter-terrorism policing and laws unfairly target their community, causing a troubling community backlash.
The story of Jake Bilardi (centre) has distorted the characterisation of what most people think of as a radicalised individual.
There will be more Jake Bilardis to come, and Australia must realise that no two cases will be entirely the same. Radicalised individuals will come from all areas of society.
Security agencies seeking to understand the radicalisation of young men such as Jake Bilardi might find answers in popular culture.
Western governments not only misread Islamic State, they have a very limited understanding of the Internet and its role within the private spaces, bedrooms and imaginaries of teenagers.
Hamza casts a long shadow.
Finsbury Park hate preacher was jailed last year but his teaching continues to do damage.
Tony Abbott’s proposed national security changes have the potential to exacerbate the underlying causes of violent extremism and further damage Australia’s social cohesion.
Australia’s response to terrorism must not be rooted in short-term political gains, but in a larger strategy that takes into account the problems leading to social disaffection.
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