Cyber Guidance for Educational Bodies, Parents and Guardians

The average age of a first-time cyber offender in the UK has fallen significantly in recent years, and law enforcement agencies are now seeing reports of children as young as ten breaking the law.

Online gaming can provide exposure and a pathway into UK based cyber-crime offending, and video hosting sites now offer tutorials on how to use low-level cybercrime tools.

Young people with an interest in technology, a high IQ, and an appetite to engage in risky behaviours are considered to be at a higher risk of committing a cyber offence, but many first-time offenders are also unaware of what the law governing cyber offences actually is.

The Computer Misuse Act 1990 criminalises unauthorised access to computers and technology. It is vital that young people understand what it covers, in order for them to be able to develop and use their cyber skills safely and legally.

The Computer Misuse Act 1990

What we can do to help

We work with the National Crime Agency to promote their Cyber Choices programme. The programme was created to help young people make informed choices and use their cyber skills in a legal way.

The aims of the programme are to:

Useful Resources