Internet Ubiquity And Cybercrime Targeting Children In India

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Bhavana Sharma , Prof. (Dr.) Gaurav Kataria


The Internet is pivotal in exchanging information in this information age and technology. The impact of this phenomenon is felt in all areas of human life, among all age groups. Even though the Internet has fundamentally changed our society, information on the Internet is not free from illegal access or harm. Consequently, information security and safety have become our time's significant challenges. The rapid growth of internet users has resulted in increased cybercrime cases, which are not restricted by geographical limitations or national borders. The past few years have seen a significant increase in cybercrime cases in India, which is of grave concern since it negatively affects people's social and economic lives. Criminals are misusing computers and the Internet to commit crimes. Cyberspace and new technologies can lead to violence and harm against children and young people. Cybercriminals use the cyber world to abuse children, which is also a cybercrime. It includes producing, distributing, and using materials depicting child sexual abuse, online solicitation or grooming (securing the trust of children to lure them into situations where they may be harmed), and exposure to materials that can cause psychological harm, physical harm, or facilitate other detriments to children, harassment, and intimidation. As a result of cybercrime, children have become the latest victims. Cyberbullying and grooming online are illegal activities used by criminals to target children. Computers and the Internet are being used to commit crimes against children, including child exploitation, the production, distribution, and possession of child pornography; exposure to harmful content; grooming, harassment, and sexual abuse; and cyberbullying. Research on cybercrime is based on quantitative analysis. An extensive review of cybercrime in India has been conducted in this paper.

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