Internet, Media, and Privacy.

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A form of media that has affected people is the invasion of privacy. The internet has become an indispensable tool for commerce, research, communication, and leisure (Grant, Meadows 187). It has been estimated that more than half of American's use the internet, proving that is isn't only for techno-savy geeks anymore. With more and more countries are having access to fast broadband connections, the gates that used to exist between neighbors, states, and countries, is crumbling at an alarming rate. There have been many news stories about sexual predators using the internet to meet with children. Many other risks involve websites advertising alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs ( Ingram 2). SafeTeens, an organization that researches internet safety, lists these risks and other that many children face. According to SafeTeens, the internet is growing at nearly 1 million websites per month. (Ingram 2). Of nearly 2,000 households surveys, 1,735 felt that the internet was a safe place for young people and most trusted their kids to make the right decisions on what they did while online.

Also, most parents felt the need to set time limits on how much time their kids spent online. SafeTeens found that 70 percent of boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 17 used the internet several times per week, enough time for a child to explore their widest dreams. Some parents are wondering how their children are getting away with meeting these strangers on the internet. Even monitoring chat room conversations can be difficult these days. A recent phenomenon is children making acronyms for phrases that need to be disguised or hidden from parents. Anyone with a grasp of these acronyms which can sweet talk a 16-year-old, even with internet filters. There is actually very little to prevent "OLL", online love (Barack).