SOCIOECONOMIC CORRELATES OF YOUTHS INVOLVEMENT IN CYBERCRIME: PERCEPTIONS OF RESIDENTS IN ONITSHA SOUTH L.G.A, ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA

Michael Chinonso Udelue, Bentina Alawari Mathias, Sabastine Sunday Ezeh

Abstract


This study investigated factors responsible for cybercrime among youths in Onitsha South Local Government Area (L.G.A), Anambra State, Nigeria. The theoretical thrust for this paper is Social Strain Theory (SST). The study used the mixed-research design, and adopted multi-stage sampling procedure in the selection of 522 adults aged 18 years and above within the study area. A researcher-developed questionnaire was used to collect the quantitative data, while the qualitative data were collected using In-Depth Interviews (IDI). The quantitative data collected were processed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software and data analysis was performed using descriptive statistics. The hypothesis stated was tested at 0.05 significant levels using the chi-square (χ2) inferential statistics. On the other hand, the qualitative data were analysed using the manual content analysis. Findings of the study revealed that factors drive youths into Cybercrime in the area include: unemployment, peers influence, quest for wealth/get rich quick syndrome, poverty, greed, lack of internet security and poor parental supervision, among others. Consequently, it was recommended that programmes that can enable the youths achieve useful skills for self-employment should be initiated to channel their mindsets towards more socially approved ventures.


Keywords


Cybercrime, Youths, Internet Security; Cybercrime, Unemployment

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