With increasing cases of cyberbullying, stalking, morphing, trolling and more, students are exposed to internet dangers. While it is widely known that children can be victims of cybercrime, it is often forgotten that they can also be perpetrators. Just like adults, children can use the Internet to commit crimes such as hacking, DDOS attacks, ransomware attacks, cyberbullying, fraud, and identity theft.
Unfortunately, these crimes often go unpunished. Because children usually don’t take responsibility for their actions in the same way adults do. This lack of accountability can lead to a vicious cycle, especially if minors are unaware of the consequences of their actions. Appearing to be “testing your skills” is actually a serious cybercrime and can lead to liability. Between these two he has a fine line that must be understood and instilled. It is therefore important for parents and educational institutions to entreat their children to imbibe cyber awareness and safety when using technology.