Teen election column - what will parties do about ISIS?

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In the run up to the election, politicians have been discussing various issues which affect young people and these conversations have mainly focused on education and housing.

In the run up to the election, politicians have been discussing various issues which affect young people and these conversations have mainly focused on education and housing.

However there is one issue that is on my mind: the fight against ISIS.

You may be wondering “how does a war that is half way across the world affect me?”

But with young British people being targeted and recruited via social media, this war is no longer half way around the world, it is in our living rooms, on our computers and mobile phones.

Social media campaigns by extremist groups are an effective way of inflicting terror as well as recruiting supporters.

At the end of last year, one MP claimed that as many as 2,000 Britons are fighting alongside ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

I feel that the general public should be asking what is being done to deal with this misuse of social media. We know that extremist groups continue to use sites like Twitter and Ask.fm, despite being monitored by the government. Groups are even using text from the Qur’an to attract people to their cause.

We don’t know how each party will deal with this issue if they are elected and this concerns me greatly, especially as I am a young person and also a second-generation immigrant from the Middle East.

Young people are being targeted by extremist groups online and encouraged to fight and I worry that whilst the threat to Britain’s youth is relatively low, this could soon become a major crisis if action isn’t taken now.

As thousands get ready to cast their votes, the decision on which party is best to handle all of this and more will be made.

Polling day (my favourite day of all!) is a huge occasion where adults get to decide which party will do the best job in running the country. The atmosphere has been tense and unpredictable.

The build up to the election has been especially exciting with all the campaigning going on citywide and across the country.

My favourite part of the process is listening to the party debates and hearing how they plan to handle the key issues in a variety of different ways.

I cannot wait until I am old enough to make a difference and ensure that my own voice is heard.