Don't let kids fall prey to extremists, warns UAE authority

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on October 26, 2020

Parents should treat children with affection and kindness and protect them from isolation and despair, said the authority.

Isolated children are more likely to fall prey to extremists, warned Sawab Centre, the UAE's online engagement initiative supporting global coalition against extremism.

Parents should treat children with affection and kindness and protect them from isolation and despair, said the authority.

"Extremists prepare their victims for indoctrination by isolating them and breaking their family ties. It is our job to stay close to each member of our family and seek to understand what is going on in their life,” tweeted Sawab Centre.

“The deluded followers cannot influence a child growing up in a united family, where parents and children have honest discussions about their opinions and ideas. You are the key to their safety and protection."

Staying rooted to your values, identity and family will protect you from the storms of life, added the authority.

The centre also urged parents to be aware and keep an eye on who their children interact with through online platforms. Leaving children unsupervised while they are on social media or playing games online could make them an 'easy target' for extremists. Young kids remain particularly vulnerable as they are likely to spend more time online,” said Sawab Centre.

Parents were also reminded to warn their children about the dangers of online radicalism and to stay away from such sources.

Sawab Centre also advised families to engage their children through reading stressing that research has shown that every day reading has a significant positive effect on their cognitive skills — language and literacy, numeracy and cognition — later in life.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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