Cybercrime Against Children Is On The Rise As New Study Shows Alarming Statistics

The digital world of today is proving to be difficult to deal with, thanks to the growing rates of cybercrime. There is plenty of shady activities arising including the likes of phishing and cyberbullying.

However, it’s not just adults that are being affected but young children too. And the fact that so many younger audiences are at risk of these dangers means a lot of things need to be done.

Thanks to Surfshark, here’s a chart featuring all types of cybercrime activities that have affected kids between the period of 2015 to 2022. And it just highlights how so many victims were led in on the trip and how it affected their financial losses big time.

Here are some key insights on how such illegal activity again kids has arisen in the past and how they’re wreaking havoc now as well.

In the year 2022, we saw a rise in the rate of cybercrime against kids. And as per data from the FBI during the period of 2015 to 2022, there was almost a 20% rise in children victims of such crimes last year in 2021. And to better put such stats into perspective, nearly seven kids each day had to face such exploitation in the year 2022.

This decade brought forward 8000 children who have been cybercrime victims. This means a staggering 50% of kids fell into cybercrime since the start of 2015 and they were targeted in the past few years.

As far as financial losses are concerned, they saw a bigger YoY rise than the figure for victims. And those rose by more than double. Per victim, the average losses coupled up to $92 in the year 2021. And this figure grew further to $223 in 2022. Moreover, last year also showcased the biggest loss per victim than what arose in the past decade so as you can imagine, it’s a huge deal.

As a whole, during the years 2015-2022, a staggering 14.5k young victims affected by cybercrime were reported by the FBI. And that gave a round total figure of 2.9 million in terms of financial losses for such crimes.

Such data was taken from the FBI’s Crime Report during the years 2015 to 2022. More data on this matter were combined and processed as per the number of victims and the losses taking place financially.

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