In today’s world, the reality is that anyone connected to the internet is vulnerable to a cyber-attack. Both children and adults go online using different gadgets, some include:
- Laptops and tablets
- Cell phones
- MP3 players (ex: iPod Touch)
- E-readers (ex: Nook and Kindle)
- Game consoles (ex: Nintendo, Wii U, PlayStation or Xbox).
Since there’s cyberspace, there will always be cybercrime. It’s a cruel reality, but part of human nature. However, there are things each of us can to do to make it more difficult for these people.
First, we need to stay informed. Technology changes all the time, and there are always new websites, apps and gadgets. Second, we need to understand the benefits and risks in using the technology, as well as precautions or safety measures that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim. For this topic, when we refer to a victim-it is a person who is on the receiving end of online social cruelty. Also known as the "target. Anyone-regardless of their age, race, sex, color, ethnicity, etc. can become a victim. We also need to stay aware of the different types of tactics being used by these people in their attacks and how to respond when /if necessary. Some types of cyberattacks and crimes include:
- Cyberstalking / Harassment
- Identity theft (online scams / smishing / phishing / spoofing/ pharming)
- Online Enticement
You can find information related to each of these crimes in the labeled sub-pages under this Cybercrimes page on our website.