Summary of How Young People Join Violent Extremist Groups – and How to Stop Them

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Teenage British girls are traveling to Syria to join ISIS. Elsewhere, young neo-Nazis are chanting anti-Semitic slogans at rallies. How do youth become so radicalized? In this brief but illuminating TED Talk, researcher Erin Marie Saltman outlines what lures young people toward radicalization and offers several strategies to prevent or counter extremism. getAbstract recommends her timely lecture to social media professionals, educators and parents. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why young people join radical movements and
  • How experts try to counter extremism.

About the Speaker

Erin Marie Saltman, PhD, is a Facebook policy manager specializing in countering violent extremism.



While researching how young people are politically socialized, counterterrorism expert Erin Marie Saltman went undercover in a far-right youth camp in Hungary. At first glance, the camp was surprisingly apolitical. Participants enjoyed fun activities such as horseback riding and live music. The mood was “friendly” and “inclusive” – that is, until campers began voicing their contempt of the Roma culture, Jewish people and immigrants.

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