According to the report, based on data gathered from research findings, online data collection, and expert interviews, extremists typically have an action plan or strategy designed to identify and target suitable recruitment candidates.
In a press release Annukka Kurki, The developer of the Save the Children Finland project, said that these groups are very innovative in finding new members and often target young adults who are particularly influential and vulnerable to propaganda by terrorist groups and other radical organizations.
According to the Security and Intelligence Service (Supo), the threat of violent radicalization is small in Finland compared to other countries. Save the Children Finland, however, warns that radicalization in the country has been on the rise in recent years, and the increase in violence is reflected in police statistics.
The organization emphasizes that identifying radicalization is particularly difficult in young adults because signs are difficult to detect and often suggest normal adolescent behavior.
Teenagers who have suffered from isolation or discrimination, as well as anyone who expresses one-sided views or are disappointed with democratic systems, are most at risk of radicalization.
Striking changes in a young person’s behavior, opinions, or dress, rebellion against authorities, and following online propaganda can all be signs of radicalization, Save the Children.
The organization recommends that in such cases, parents should provide children with adequate support and comfort, help them develop their social skills, and enable a better understanding of democracy. Parents should also contact the relevant authorities if necessary for further support.
Source: The Nordic Page