The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees free speech and religious liberty. People living in America are free to disagree with each other and with the government, but no one has the right to resort to violence as a means of expressing disagreement.
Welcome to the Don’t Be a Puppet: Pull Back the Curtain on Violent Extremism website.
The goal of this site is to help you better understand the destructive nature of violent extremism and learn to recognize the deceptive recruiting strategies of violent extremists who seek to turn you into “puppets” to carry out their orders.
This website has five main sections to complete. Go through each section one at a time, starting with What is Violent Extremism? and ending with Who Do Violent Extremists Affect? Then, visit the Where to Get Help page for more information. Below you’ll find a quick reference instruction guide. For more detailed instructions, please visit our Don’t Be a Puppet Instructions Guide.
Each section has several areas with different activities and elements to review. As you go through each area, read all of the text and click each button or box. Be sure to carefully read the instructions for any games or quizzes. To make the text bigger or smaller in the site, use the zoom in or zoom out tools in your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) or such keyboard shortcuts as "Ctrl + plus/minus" for Windows computers or “Command + plus/minus” for Macs.
When you have reviewed all the materials in one area, a puppet will appear with a button that says Don't Be a Puppet underneath it.
Click that button and read the text that pops up. Then, click the Free the Puppet button.
After you have done this, the button for that area on the section’s main page will turn white. That means you can move to the next activity.
After you have completed each area in one entire section, the corresponding button on the homepage will turn white, meaning you can move to the next section.
When needed, use the Don’t Be a Puppet gold graphic in the upper left-hand corner of the site to return to the homepage. You can go to a section’s main page by clicking the gold text in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Do not use the back arrow in your web browser. Instead, use the back buttons provided in the site itself.
When you are done with all five sections and have reviewed the Where to Get Help page, the site will give you a link for a certificate of completion. Print the certificate, sign your name, and show your discussion leader/trusted adult that you have successfully finished the program.