Finding that your views are changing can be normal. And it’s OK to make new friends or spend time with different people. But if these things are making you change your behaviour and how you treat others, it could mean you’re being radicalised.
When you’re being radicalised it can be hard to know who to trust. It can help to ask yourself questions like:
- do I only see or read info that I already agree with?
- do I get angry or defensive if someone questions what I think?
- am I being pressured to change my opinions or beliefs?
- are people promising me that they can make me important or put me in control as long as I do what they say?
- do I feel like I want control even it means doing something harmful?
- do I agree with the things extremist groups are saying or doing?
- do I or the people around me feel hate or anger towards certain people or groups – and want to hurt them or get revenge?
- do I think the way to change the world is by using violence or doing something illegal or dangerous?
It’s not always easy to tell if you’re being radicalised. It could be that you feel some of these things and it’s just part of growing up and changing your views. But if you’ve answered yes or maybe to any of these questions it could also mean that you’re at risk.
You’re not alone and it’s important to get help. Speaking to someone outside the situation like a teacher or a friend can help you to get a second opinion.
Childline counsellors can also help you make sense of your feelings. And help you find ways to get support and make decisions. Childline is confidential and you don’t have to give us your name if you don’t want to.
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