JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Social media have become a channel to recruit Indonesian children into radicalism and terrorist activities, according to Hasan, Assistant Deputy of Child Protection at Indonesia’s Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection.
During a July 8 webinar on ‘Socialization to Prevent Children from Radical and Terrorist Acts’, Hasan said online recruitment of Indonesian children is done via social media platforms, instant messaging apps, and websites.
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The recruitment of Indonesian children is also carried out openly by way of sharing on social media.
While recruitment of children into radical and terrorist acts has been taken online due to the popularity of social media platforms, the conventional methods remain effective in luring new recruits from among Indonesian children.
Family members, friends, public figures, and religious institutions continue to be tapped as channels for recruitment.
The factors that drive Indonesian children into getting involved with radicalism and terrorist activities have also remained the same as before, said Hasan.
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“There are parents or other family members who teach radicalism and terrorist ideology to their children.”
Another factor is the child’s environment - friends or neighbors who educate children on radicalism and terrorism.