Cybercrime Guide for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

Cybercrime can happen to anyone. And now more than ever, children, teens, and young adults are being targeted by cybercriminals. Through increasing popularity of chat rooms, MMO gaming, and social media; the internet has become a largely social place for today’s youth. With open access to the entire internet, young people have more information, experience, and connections at their fingertips than ever before. 

However, there is a flip side: the internet provides open access to any information that young people share online, as well as several avenues for strangers to communicate with them directly. This risk can manifest itself in several ways; cyberbullying, stalking, harassment, student loan scams, pyramid schemes, privacy breaches and more. To provide relief to young people in the face of cybercrime, The Cybercrime Support Network (CSN) will be posting a blog every day this week discussing cybercrime as it affects young people today. We will go in-depth addressing topics like; childhood identity theft, the dangers of social media, apartment scams and more. In conjunction with this, CSN has created a tailored resource on our website, FraudSupport.org. The new landing page includes cybercrime recovery help for children, teens, and young adults

Here’s a quick rundown of what you can find in our new resource page: 

1.)  Warning signs: It can be incredibly difficult to know if a child or young person is being affected by cybercrime. On our new page, parents can find warning signs and behavior changes to look for in your child. It is important that you open the dialogue with your child about cybercrime and the risks associated with internet use. If you do find that your child has been affected, FraudSupport.org provides resources to help you report the incident, recover, and reinforce your child’s cyber-safety.

2.) Security reinforcement: Do you need help setting up two-factor authentication on your devices? Are you sure the password that you are using is secure? We’ve provided information to help you minimize your risk of exposure to cybercrime.

3.) Helpful videos: Our new landing page includes videos for children, teens, and young adults. These videos are available to aid you in safely navigating the internet. These helpful videos cover topics like; creating complex passwords, dealing with cyberbullies, sextortion, and avoiding student loan scams/pyramid schemes.

… and more! Visit FraudSupport’s new resource page for your cyber-concerns. These tools have been collected to help you report, recover, and reinforce your cyber safety in the face of cybercrime. If your concerns are not addressed on this resource page, visit our homepage where we address even more cybercrime and fraud issues.