A news article entitled “Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists” illuminates a new state of surveillance in the UK. Police are monitoring children in Muslim communities who have been identified as being “at risk of extremism.” Teachers, parents, and other community leaders are asked to monitor children and adolescents and identify those who have extreme views or are susceptible to the influence of radical Islamic groups. Children identified as being ‘at risk’ are offered guidance in the form of a tailored intervention program.
I can’t decide what I think of this program. Is this program of careful monitoring and intervention a natural extension of the usual surveillance role of parents and teachers?
Is it a necessary precaution or an extreme policing tactic?