The effect of cyber crime among secondary school students


The effect of cyber crime among secondary school students in Nigeria


The technological revolution in the 21st century is without a dire consequences. The modern communication devices such as Cellular Phones,Smartphones,Tablets,Laptops etc. These inventions has been a major landmark in human history. Ayantokun (2006), defined computer as a machine that performs tasks, such as calculation or electronic communication, under the control of a set of instructions called a program. Programs usually reside within the computer and are retrieved and processed by the computer’s electronics. The program results are stored or routed to output devices, such as video display monitors or printers. Oyewole and Obeta (2002), define a computer as an electronic device that accepts, processes, stores and outputs data at high speed according to programmed instructions. Computers perform a wide variety of activities reliably, accurately and quickly depending on the purpose it was designed for. Computer can be used in areas of education, medicine, engineering design, scientific research, office automation, personal administration etc (Morley and Parker, 2007).

Crime appears to be a permanent feature of modern society. Despite efforts of social workers, law enforcement agency, personal and criminal justice professionals to minimise it, the world is becoming a more terrible place. Where crimes such as homicide, kidnapping, robbery, assault, sex offences, child molestation, burglary, environmental crime, arson are crimes without a victim, economic crime, political crime and cybercrime are the order of the day. Cybercrime is defined as (i) computer-aided crime originating in the Nigeria internet domain space (ii) computer-aided crime perpetrated by Nigerians located outside the Nigerian internet domain space. In collaboration with Nigerians within the Nigerian internet domain space and crimes aimed at information and telecommunication technology (ICT), infrastructure in Nigeria, from any location  Chukwu (2019).