It is control information from being easy to reach it. Parents who wish to protect their children have to use intelligent filtering software that ensuring children are using trusted sites and resource, also deny them from accessing unappreciated sites (Dr.Brenda, n.d.). There are many reasons for parents to censor the information such as: protecting children from pornographic materials, Internet addiction, and social behavior. Parents believe that the Internet censorship is protecting our children from accessing pornographic material and harmful information. The visiting of sexually sites by 40% of Children is either on purpose or accidently (DeAngelis, 2007).
The Internet is like many great inventions, it has some flaws, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. The Internet has become an educational tool for students, increased communication, and allowed for knowledge of all subjects to be shared. These are but a few benefits of the Internet. Censorship is generally an evil and should be avoided where ever possible (Butt, 2000). The regulation or censorship of the Internet will make it difficult for people to express their mind openly, block even more useful sites for students, and deny American citizens their first amendment right to free speech.
These are people who see the negative effects the web has on children. Early childhood experiences such as abduction, abuse, or other assault can have serious trauma to the victim. Trauma may include sleeping disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, anxiety, hostility, and many other psychological injuries (Stress Related Disorders Caused by Early Life Experiences). These traumas caused by negative online experiences can easily be avoided if there is more control over the Internet. Rather than speaking to their kids about the harms of the Internet, some parents want to ban the web from their children altogether.
There are many different opinions backing and opposing regulations of the web. People argue that because it can be freely accessed by anyone, there is a high possibility that their children will be exposed too explicit websites, for example pop up websites containing pornography. This threats their innocence and damages their views on the world around them. Other issues parents have is with cyber bulling, as 43% of kids have been bullied online at one point in their lives. Online, people have the ability to write anonymously, encouraging them to be more explicit in their opinions, as they feel there will be no repercussions.
Violent scenes and uncensored sexual material cause serious damage for childhood development, as they can cause children to be aggressive and lonely adults. The first solution for protecting children from these harms is internet blocking and filtering programs. Although they come to forefront by means of their easy usage properties, most of the time filtering programs cannot provide an overall coverage from the internet’s harm. Therefore, parents should have involved in this process by monitoring and helping their children. Moreover media lessons which inform students about the internet’s harm can be very helpful for children.
Chonin, Neva. "Banned Books Week Supports First Amendment Rights." Retrieved on 16 Dec. 2008 from Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale.http://find.galegroup.com/ovrc/ infomark.do?&contentSet=GSRC&type=retrieve&tabID=T010&prodId=OVRC&docId=EJ3010489205&source=gale&srcprod=OVRC&userGroupName=minf80709&version=1.0 Steffens, Bradley "Library Censorship Is Not Justified.". Retrieved on 16 Dec. 2008 from Opposing Viewpoints GSRC&type=retrieve&tabID=T010&prodId=OVRC&docId=EJ3010090221&source=ga le&srcprod=OVRC&userGroupName=minf80709&version=1.0> ALA, Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books in 2000-2007.
Some may argue that pornographic material can very negatively effect the mental development of a young child, but I argue that it should be up to the parents to monitor their children’s activities. People should be able express themselves the way that they see fit; however, it is important for parents to exercise caution in the material that they expose their children to. Children should be properly informed about sex from their parents who practices caution and care when regarding the material their children are exposed to. The reality of the matter is that children have been able to readily access pornography since the onset of the internet. Words and phrases that have little or no sexual connotation turn up uncensored pornographic materials on websites as public as Google and MSN.
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Internet Censorship Many people think that the internet censorship it the best way to keep children or adolescents away from dangerous sites on the internet. Most people use this censorship because it helps their children keep safe from any predators on the internet. More of these sites have this kind of censorship because of any harassment online to any adolescents or children. Cyber Bulling Cyber Bulling has become a big impact among adolescents. Adolescents have an excessive amount of time on the internet, so that’s more time for a teen to get bullied or harassed on the internet.