Learning how to stay safe online is an important lesson for every parent in the internet age. Extremist content has become more and more accessible, and the individuals who promote it are always lurking online waiting for the next victim.
While young people often don't realise that they are being groomed or may be in the process of being radicalised by extremists online, parents have a big responsibility in protecting them from the dangers the online world can pose.
Last year the world watched in horror as the case emerged of the Bethnal Green twin teenage sisters, Zahra and Salma Halane, who were groomed through social media and convinced to flee their home in Manchester and travel to Syria to become jihadi brides.
Despite their academic achievements and the bright future that awaited them, the girls were radicalised into believing their lives with Daesh would be better. They now help recruit other young girls and women through social media and their families have no contact with them.
How to Stay safe online
As women, we must join the fight against the dangers of online grooming for our children and loved ones. It falls on us to understand the dangers of the internet and to keep our children safe online.
One of the first ways for women to start protecting their children from the dangers of online grooming is to understand how the internet and social media work. By being able to use the internet, it will help you recognise the risks.
Another way is to restrict the material your children can access on the web. You can apply this to certain websites as well as social networks like Facebook. The four biggest internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time.
Other approaches include regularly talking to your children about their online activities in a friendly way, gaining their trust and allowing them to express their interests and concerns so you can identify potential threats.
Our workshop teaches mothers the simple steps they can take to keep their children safe online. From explaining how social networks work, to showing how to restrict what your children see online and what to look out for if you think your child is being radicalised.
At WARN, our mission is to fight radicalisation through education, empowerment and engagement. Women have the power to educate future generations, inspire change and protect vulnerable people against the evils of radicalisation.