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Do we take cyber crime seriously?

26th April - 03rd May 2024

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Total votes


5-11 votes


11-16+ votes

In 2024, there have been a number of high-profile headlines about the increased sophistication of cyber attacks. For this VoteTopic, we asked voters to explore how seriously they take their cyber safety and encouraged them to build their understanding of the risks that come with being online.

Secondary, 16+ & College voters were asked: “Do we take cyber crime seriously?”, while Primary 7-11 voters discussed: “Do you know how to spot an online scam?” and Primary 5-7 voters considered: “Do you know how to keep your information safe?”

51,743 young people in the UK have taken part in this vote.

cyber crime child

Age 5-11 voter

I think it's easy to spot an online scam; especially if we are expected to pay or share personal details. If something looks unreal and too good to be true, it must be a scam.

cyber crime teen

Age 11-16 voter

The fraud element of cyber crime is taken quite seriously, however I think other parts are not taken as seriously.

cyber crime student

Age 16+ voter

It is not publicised enough. Older people need to be educated. There needs to be more focus on prevention.

Feedback from our Impact Partners...

Thank you to Nominet for responding to young people's voices on this VoteTopic!

"Hello, my name is Adam and I work at an organisation called Nominet. We look after all the internet addresses ending in .uk, and also give money to charities who keep young people safe online. It’s amazing that so many of you – over 50,000! - participated in the recent vote on cyber crime. When I look at the results, it's good to see that most of you feel you know how to keep your information safe and can spot online scams. But the vote results also suggest we could take cyber crime more seriously. We agree, and at Nominet we’re working with our charity partners to improve the information available to teachers, young people, parents and carers on this subject. I'm really pleased you’re already discussing it in your school, and hope it means you’ll feel more confident in spotting risks, knowing how to react, and asking for help when you need it."

Adam Groves, Nominet

  • Our youngest voters, aged between 5-7 were discussing the question, "Do you know how to keep your information safe?" 85% voted 'Yes'.
  • In a similar vein, voters aged 7-11 discussed, "Do you know how to spot an online scam?" 84% said 'Yes'.

  • Secondary, 16+ & College students discussed the question, "Do we take cyber crime seriously?"
  • 64% of Secondary students voted 'No'.
  • Similarly, 55% of 16+ and College voters also voted 'No'.

  • Many students argued that cyber scams are becoming more difficult to spot as they adapt and grow more sophisticated.
  • However, some 'Yes' voters said the responsibility lies with the individual to recognise and avoid online scams.