Essay about Online Privacy and the Internet

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More people can reach one another today than in years past because of social networking sites. The world has become a lot smaller because of sites like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, and many others. There are certainly many advantages to using these resourceful social networks, such as keeping up with friends and family, sharing photos, and staying up to date with current events. Nonetheless, there is a growing concern about privacy, or the lack thereof, because of these sites. The ability to determine your privacy settings is at times confusing, and at other times, simply misleading. People you don’t know at all can see what you write and look at the pictures you share. Furthermore, there are children at risk due to the spread of …show more content…
Third, and not least of all, are the real threats of cyber-stalking, bullying, and child endangerment. In reference to “stranger danger,” 3 percent of 9 to 16-year-olds reported making contact with a total stranger (not a friend of a friend) online then meeting him or her offline. A small number of that 3 percent said they were bothered by the encounter (Wolverton II, 2012, p. 13). This raises several questions about what our children should be allowed to do or view online. In particular, what are the responsibilities of parents when permitting their children to use the internet? They should probably understand that because of flimsy privacy settings their children are inherently at risk of being stalked or approached to begin with. This is especially true on Facebook, which many young teens use and attempt to “friend” as many people as possible. The danger in “friend-ing” so many people is that the sphere of “friends of friends” grows exponentially and eventually the teenage Facebook user will have complete strangers with access to their personal details, to include status updates, locations, and photos. The possibility of “sexting” in this case is very worrisome, as well. 15 percent of 11-16 year olds reported receiving sexual messages or images over the internet or via cell phone, and 3 percent of them admitted to sending them. Only 6 percent of their parents thought that their children had anything

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