Juvenile Cyber Crimes

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Cyber crimes committed by our youth are increasing at an alarming rate.  Is this really a surprise?  Many kids have their own computers, touch screen tablets, and mp3 players all in the comfort of their own room.   As with anything in life, the more you use something, the more intelligent you become with it.  Some examples of juvenile cyber crimes include computer hacking, stealing online music, online bullying, online harassing, and viewing online pornography.

Downloading online music without purchasing it is known as Piracy.  Piracy can also include videos, software, and DVD’s.  Piracy has hurt music industry sales over the years; however, online music sales have been increasing again thanks to legal streaming music sites.  Another major problem we have as a nation is dealing with is online hacking.  An example of online hacking is when someone (other than yourself) gains access to another person’s personal information without his or her consent.  This information can include name, address, phone number, social security number, and credit card information.  It is often used for identity theft or credit card fraud.  One more example of a juvenile cyber crime is online bullying or harassing.  This has become a major issue over the past few years and has lead to countless sad endings.  With the use of emails, social media, and texting, teenagers (and even younger) have the ability to embarrass, torment, and threaten other kids.  What makes cyber bullying often times more hurtful than face-to-face bullying is that with a touch of a button, hundreds (or millions) of people online can view embarrassing information or pictures of someone.  And once that information is out there, it can’t be taken back.

Any of the juvenile cyber crimes mentioned above are a serious threat and need to be dealt with legally.  Keeping a closer eye on your teenager and monitoring their online use will undoubtedly decrease their chances of becoming involved in any type of juvenile cyber crime.