European Youth Cybercrime, Online Harm and Online Risk Taking: 2022 Research Report
Davidson, J., Aiken, M., Phillips, K. and Farr, R. 2022. European Youth Cybercrime, Online Harm and Online Risk Taking: 2022 Research Report. London, United Kingdom Institute for Connected Communities, University of East London.
|Davidson, J., Aiken, M., Phillips, K. and Farr, R.
Researching cybercriminality to design new methods to prevent, investigate and mitigate cybercriminal behaviour. This is one of the largest studies to date exploring youth cybercriminality. The survey is informed by 5 key disciplines: cyberpsychology, criminology, psychology, neuroscience, and digital anthropology Results confirm that cybercrime and cyberdeviance is prevalent-survey finds that two thirds (69%) of European youth self-report to have committed at least one form of cybercrime or online harm or risk taking, and just under half 47.76% (N=3808) report to have engaged in criminal behaviour online, from summer of 2020 to the summer of 2021 Survey finds that males are more likely (74%) than females (65%) to self-report having been involved in at least one form of cybercrime or online harm or risk taking in the last year and results confirm that the majority of cybercrime and cyberdeviant behaviours are gendered. Survey analysis demonstrates that cybercriminal and online harm or risk taking behaviours form a cluster of 11 behaviours that are highly interrelated (CcCd-Cluster) and that cybercrime and online harm or risk taking behaviours represent a spectrum (CcCd-Spectrum) A significant shift from a siloed, categorical approach is needed in terms of how cybercrimes are conceptualised, investigated, and legislated.
|Cybercrime ; Online Harms; Cyberdeviance; Online Risk Taking
|Institute for Connected Communities, University of East London
|Place of publication
|London, United Kingdom
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|Publication process dates
|07 Dec 2022
|© 2022 The Authors
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 883543.
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