The Internet – Friend or Foe?

20 08 2009

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Each month the average person visits 59 internet domains, views 1,050 pages and spends approximately 25 hours on the net.

Social networking sites such as Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook, are becoming increasingly popular as a way of communication. People, it seems, prefer to announce their views to the world without having to be directly questioned. The US military even used the social networking site Facebook to announce new tactics before it was issued in the news through a standard press release. But although it is so popular, the internet isn’t necessarily a good thing- in fact, it can be a serious danger when you don’t know how to use it properly.

About 90, 000 sex offenders have been removed from the social networking site MySpace. The number was about double what MySpace officials originally estimated last year.  The networking sites facebook and MySpace– which claim to have more than 280 million users combined- have implemented dozens of safeguards, including finding better ways to check users ages, and limiting the ability of users over 18 to search younger users.

However, there are still dangerous people stalking the web, targeting young teenagers.  Young kids are deceived by people pretending to be younger than they actually are, posting fake pictures of other people to try and appear as a different person.

There have been many cases of child predator’s in the internet that have shocked the general public and made parents aware of the danger.  However, many of the protection laws on the social networking sites are useless if the child in question is being foolish about the way they use the internet.

Although it has its bad side, the internet is also a vital component of our modern lifestyle- we use it for communication, research, and updates on the news. People even use the internet to publish their thoughts in a blog, as it is far easier to do this than actually having to write a book for people to read.

Cyberspace is certainly a dangerous place to be- just like if you were walking down the street in the outside world, you have to be careful who you speak to. However most of the time you cannot correctly identify a person on the internet- and it is much easier to lie to a computer screen than to an actual person’s face.

Children and teenagers need to be aware of the dangers of using Cyberspace and must learn of ways to protect themselves.   

By Giulia

References

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/15-facts-on-global-internet-usage/

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20 08 2009
andy black

Intertesting piece suggest you look at http://tomstandage.wordpress.com/books/the-victorian-internet/ he talks of the introduction of the telegraph but if you replace word telgraph with internet its very similar to todays debate over the internet as a force for good or evil. On the whole its a powerful force for good. Andy from ipswich Suffolk in the UK

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