>> Today, we're gonna be looking at responses to terrorism, and we're gonna be looking->> A lesson for our times. Students at Cheam High School learning about modern right-wing extremism. This week, the British government announced plans to introduce stronger powers to intervene and protect the public from extremism.
These school children are learning how to identify the dangers of radicalization for themselves. Schools here now have a legal duty to assess how vulnerable their children are to being drawn to terrorism. I'm Reuters reporter Emily Wither. We've come to this school in South London which is educating and empowering children to challenge what can sometimes be very confusing messages.
Discussions have been held on the recent terror attacks in Brussels and Paris and the students have been taught the facts on Islamic State. Lessons exploring these issues are now compulsory in British schools. Ann Marita co-authored the curriculum, it's now being bought by other schools for their students.>> They're really aware.
They're aware of what's going on and if we don't have somewhere they can talk about it in a safe place, they just create bigger issues in their minds.>> Officials say children are especially vulnerable to self-radicalization by watching videos online.>> We've grown up just in this whole technology thing.
So everything I read online, I tend to believe. I think when we see things in the lesson, they're like don't believe everything you read. I think that's really helpful.>> Now parliament is considering new legislation that will go beyond the laws already on the books to target extremism outside of the classroom.
The new proposal would allow the authorities to close some places being used for extremism or to spread hate speech. At Cheam High School, teachers and young students are doing their part to protect themselves now so that they are also ready for the future.