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PERCEPTION OF CYBER-CRIME AMONG UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF ENUGU STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (ESUT), EXAMINATION OF GENDER DIFFERENCES


Project topic for Criminology department

Abstract

Cybercrime or computer-related crime is a crime that involves the computer and the network. University Undergraduates are lured into cybercrime as a result of economic melt-down or recession. Those who go into cybercrime do so as a socio phenomenal which act as a tool for personal development, fun, knowledge and the quest for money making. The study is a survey research. The purpose of this study is to examine cybercrime among university undergraduates: implications on their academic achievement. A cross-sectional survey was conducted with students in the Faculty of Education, using an online questionnaire. The sample size for the study was 207 undergraduates in the faculty of Education. The results show among others that undergraduates perceive cybercrime as a tool for personal development. It was observed that much needed to be done to ensure, safe, secure, and trustworthy network environment. This implies that undergraduates should be made to imbibe value re-orientation in order to be more useful in life. The result should be an eye opener to both students and lecturers on the more positive ways of benefiting from the globalised world through internet services without necessarily abusing it.

Keywords: Cyber, Crime, Academic Achievement,

University Undergraduates, Internet


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