Why are teens drawn to cyber crime?


TO IMPROVE OUR COORDINATED RESPONSE TO THREATS OF ALL TYPES. WE HAVE BEEN COVERING THIS SOUTH BURLINGTON THREAT FOR DAYS. WHO COULD FORGET THE ESSEX HIGH SCHOOL LOCKDOWN THAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK. TWO SEPARATE CASES WITH ONE COMMON THREAT, CYBERCRIME. WHAT CAUSES TEENAGERS AND YOUNG ADULTS TO GO TO SUCH LENGTHS TO PUT A COMMUNITY IN FEAR. OVER THE LAST EIGHT DAYS, A RASH OF SCHOOL THREATS AND LOCKDOWNS HAVE HIT AREA DISTRICTS. INCLUDING ESSEX HIGH SCHOOL AND SOUTH BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL.>>THE PEOPLE PERPETRATING THESE CRIMES ARE LOOKING TO DISRUPT. JENNIFER IN BOTH CASES, POLICE BELIEVE HIGH-TECH CRIMES WERE INVOLVED.>>A LOT OF INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AND ON THE WEBSITES OR OUR SCHOOLS. THAT IS GOOD. AND SHARES INFORMATION AND SERVES A GOOD PURPOSE. THERE WOULD BE THOSE THAT CHOOSE TO DO US HARM. JENNIFER: THAT DISRUPTION PUTS THE COMMUNITY ON HIGH ALERT LEADING MANY TO WONDER WHAT THE MOTIVATION IS. LIKE ANYTHING ELSE, HACKING IS SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO DO AND SO IT BECOMES HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE. JENNIFER: MANY OF THE CYBER CRIMINALS ARE YOUNG KIDS, POSSIBLY ABLE TO GRASP THE FULL EXTENT OF WHAT THEY ARE DOING.>>I ALWAYS DIALBACK TO ASK THE QUESTION — WHERE ARE THEY PSYCHOLOGICALLY? WHERE IS THEIR MATURITY LEVEL? OFTEN, WHAT WE WILL FIND IS THAT KIDS ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE SOME MEASURE OF POWER, OF CONTROL OF THE ENVIRONMENT, AND OF MASTERY OF A MOMENT. JENNIFER WITH OUR KIDS SO INGRAINED IN THE DIGITAL MOMENT, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THEY KEEP THEMSELVES SAFE ON THE WEB.>>THIS IS THE PERIL OF OUR ELECTRONIC AGE. THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO CAUSE SOMEONE UNTOLD MISERY WITHOUT SEEMING LIKE YOU ARE REALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR IT. JENNIFER MAKING SURE YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS ARE SECURE MAYBE ONE WAY TO AVOID DISRUPTION GOING FORWARD BUT IT ALSO TAKES GOOD PARENTING AND CONVERSATION.>>THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT FOR SOLID PARENTAL ATTENTION.

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