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Dec. 15, 2020

Why kids hack

Understanding and mitigating risk factors

With a computer in almost every household and a cell phone in almost every pocket, it's easier than ever for kids and teenagers to learn how to hack. While some hacking may seem harmless, when this behavior turns criminal, it can have serious economic and social consequences. 

Michigan State University social scientist and chair of the School of Criminal Justice Thomas Holt recently teamed up with Bryanna Fox from the University of South Florida to learn more about how kids fall into these risky online behaviors. Specifically, their most recent study published in Criminal Justice and Behavior identifies risk factors that can predict involvement in this form of cybercrime.

For the full story, visit the College of Social Science website.

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