Cyber crime and its implications for educational development in Nigeria
Dr. Josephine Azuka Onyido
Internet is useful in all facets of the Society of today and is highly relevant and heavily reliant but there is no gainsaying that it has produced some serious social demerits as well. One of these demerits is the exposure to cyber related crimes. These include; botnets, child pornography and cyber stalking, hacking, cyberbullying, software piracy, spoofing, social engineering and phishing, spamming etc. In recent times the spike in teenage involvement in these cybercrimes has become alarming and as such posing dire consequences for the educational sector and the society at large. This Study therefore investigated the implications of technological advancement with regards to the internet on educational development, the effect of cybercrime on education as well as the reasons behind the rise in internet crimes by employing a structured questionnaire guided by three research questions and the reliability of the instrument measured by the test retest method. The literature reviewed posited that educational development is critical for developmental sustainability of a nation. On analysis of data collected when employing chi-square test method, it was established that technological advancement has immensely impacted on education, cybercrime has a significant influence on the development of education, whereas poverty, greed, peer pressure, unemployment, weak regulations are causes of the rise in cyber related crimes. The study therefore recommended that sensitization campaigns should be carried out in schools on the dangers of engaging in cyber related crimes. Better techniques should be employed to personal information protection on the internet. Organizations and governments should adopt better security protocols and stricter regulations to deter youths from cybercrime.