Youngster unawareness on cyber penalties :- First ladder to fearless cyber crimes

Let’s bring cameras on YOUNGSTERS PET CRIME: – ‘’THE CYBERCRIME’’

Today’s generation is closer to technology than ever before. Across the various segments of users, Youths are rapidly getting exposed to the latest technology, enabling them to use the internet for a variety of tasks. Even many IT enthusiasts get involved in seemingly low-level fringe cybercrime activities from a young age UNAWARE of the CONSEQUENCES that such crimes carry. As we cannot limit any age group from using cyberspace so why not just make them educated at primary level (schools) on does and don’ts of it. This will strengthen the cyber-foundation in developing minds and prevent them from becoming future CYBER SINNERS.


My thought is why not inject the fear of legal actions, hardships, penalties one may have to face if committed any cyber-crime. And this theoretical injection of fear of legal actions for small or big cyber-crime should be done through education during growing phase of youth and then this fear will stop these minds towards negative diversion and the criminal before committing a crime will start thinking 1000 times of the cyber penalties which he may have to face afterward. That particular fear may help young committer withdraw from doing so. Thus, the knowledge of cyber penalties should be imparted during youth’s learning hood. The best way for this is to do it through schools. Since everyone goes to school, this much-needed education can reach a large number of kids ensuring a wider coverage.

THE NATIONAL CRIME AGENCY (NCA) report emphasizes that financial gain is not necessarily the priority for young offenders Instead, the sense of accomplishments at completing a challenge, and proving oneself to peers in order to increase online reputations are the main motivation for those involved in cyber criminality. According to the NCA a national law enforcement agency in the UK the average age of cyber-crime suspects is 17, YOUNG CRIMINALS ENTER DARK WEB… On December 21, 2016, DEEP DOT Web reported that 34 teenagers were arrested for launching a DDOS attack against companies after being hired on the DARK WEB.

NCA RELEASED a research paper actively investigating the MOTIVE of young cyber criminals. THE YOUNG HACKER TOLD NCA “IT made me popular and I enjoyed the feeling. I looked up to those users with the best reputations’’. It’s not that YOUNG SINNERS have no knowledge of wrongdoing on cyber. They fearlessly commit it as they actually take it as a fun game, some as revenge game in DEFICIENCY OF KNOWLEDGE on cyber penalties. They think it is a RISK-FREE PLATFORM.

RICHARD JONES, HEAD of national cyber-crime unit’s prevention team, told Belfast hive, a local British publication, that most young, cybercriminals have been willing to IMMEDIATELY HALT THEIR ACTIVITIES AND ILLICIT OPERATIONS WHEN THEY were warned with SERIOUS LEGAL PENALTIES INCLUDING LONG JAIL SENTENCE BY LAW enforcement officers. INFACT young criminals who were arrested admitted that IF THEY HAD RECEIVED A WARNING OR AWARENESS ON CYBER PENALTIES They wouldn’t have continued their illegal operations and fraudulent activities. Over the past few months, NCA along with other law enforcement agencies in Europe and the US have issued warnings against young cyber criminals who did not seem to be AWARE OF THE CYBER PENALTIES for causing damages to corporations and individuals by hacking and distributing malware online.

Hence that means there is great value in reaching young people with an awareness of cyber laws before they ever get involved in cyber-crime. THE AIM of this assessment has been to understand the mindset of offenders and identify the most effective intervention points to divert them towards a more positive path. It’s the duty of one and all that internet users OF ANY AGE to be aware of the cyber-crime and the cyber law;( IT ACT 2000, all the online transactions activities going on the internet and cyberspace) made to deal with cyber-crimes for their own benefits.


It is evident that countries all over the world have realized the importance of education on cybercrime and its penalties at the right age around 13-14 years. The CBSE, ICSE AND IB has surveyed that students are not given the crucial guidelines of the cyber world prior to grade 11 (17-18yrs) which itself is a telling observation on the lack of cyber knowledge at the right age and right time as the majority of youth internet users comprises of 9th grades (13-14 yrs.) unknowingly putting themselves at risk. Cyberethics should be laid since childhood as Children are the best learners so the seed of fear of facing hardships for violating cyber laws should be laid down since childhood.

The need of the hour in today’s fast digitalizing world is STRICT education on CYBER PENALTIES and adopting GOOD HABITS on networking as a safety measure. The schools are the best place for imparting knowledge in all fields so, why not include a brief chapter on CYBER CRIME AND PENALTIES which will definitely prepare youth towards positive cyber world…