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Cyber Security & Cyber Crime

It can be argued that the internet is a technology that has enhanced our lives. It allows us to communicate with people around the world, search for information at a click of a button and shop without having to leave your house. Equally it can also be said that the internet has generated many risks and threats. It has helped to increase the scale and reach of traditional crimes as well as introducing new types of crimes where computer systems are the target.


Cyber crime is an ‘umbrella’ term for lots of different types of crimes which either take place online or where technology is a means and/or target for the attack. It is one of the fastest growing criminal activities across the world, and can affect both individuals and businesses. Cyber crimes can affect people in different ways, and in most cases victims will feel worried and scared by what has happened. For this reason cyber crimes are treated as ‘real world’ crimes and are prosecuted as such. 


Developed by West Yorkshire Police, this guide has been designed to give you and your family basic crime prevention tips for when you are online. The aim is to equip you with the necessary advice and tips that may reduce the likelihood of you or one of your family members becoming a victim.

Below are some links to fantastic resources to support your understanding of cyber security and cyber-crime and help to educate your child on this important matter.

West Yorkshire Police has a dedicated Cybercrime Team, who are looking to spread the word about the dangers of Cybercrime and the devastating impact it can have on people's lives. Their website is continually updated with new information and resources.

Cyberland is a suite of fun educational games designed to educate young inquisitive minds and introduce them to the world of cyber security as well as the Computer Misuse Act. It is made up of a series of 16 fun, interactive online games to introduce key concepts in cyber security.

Virtual Cyber School is a programme of over 200 cyber themed educational games and challenges which can be accessed online. Registration closes on 01/08/20 and it’s available until 31.08.20.