The internet has become so widespread that if even for one hour it stops working, it will cost billions of money. The internet has made our life easier and comfortable. It has become the core of our everyday work as we send emails and messages over the internet, buy and sell things online and watch videos, movies, listen to music, pictures etc. Educational and research material is also available on the internet making it easier to collect information.
People should always be aware of the dangers of the internet and employ certain measure so that you or somebody you care for doesn’t get taken advantage or harassed while using the internet. Children are especially vulnerable to the dangers of the internet and can face threats like cyberbullying, online predators, inappropriate content etc. Approximately 35 percent of teens in the US have admitted that they have witnessed cyberbullying and online predators that it has become a dire situation.
Top Five Dangers of Using the Internet
If the internet can be used for good it is also a convenient tool to harm others. Here are top 5 dangers of the Internet that you may face -
Cyberbullying is the most common threat that you may face while using the internet, especially on Social Networking sites. On these sites spreading false rumors about someone is relatively very easy. Also, people can post anonymous posts about someone on various sites without revealing their own identity. Cyberbullies send insulting and hateful messages to their target, spread lies about them and posts nasty comments on social networks making the bullied unable to face the society.
2) Online Predators
Apart from cyberbullying, the threat of cyber or online predators is very immanent on social network or gaming sites. Sexual harassment or abuse is very common where people stalk kids and take advantage of their innocence and make them indulge in illicit and dangerous behavior on and offline.
3) Theft of personal information
Everything that you post on social networks is permanent and unlike a letter it can’t be torn or burned. Today’s youth don’t understand the damage a random picture or post they uploaded on social networks can affect their life in future. Also if your social account is hacked, the hacker can know all your personal information and harass you. If your bank or credit card details get leaked, you can suffer extensive damage.
4) Pornography and other inappropriate content
Internet is filled with adult and inappropriate content that can steal the innocence and morality of your children. You can find links to adult websites on social media and other sites that your children may like to visit. An accidental click on these links can take them on a trip to the filthy and grotesque world of pornography.
Tricking people into clicking malicious and dangerous links are called Phishing. Cybercriminals can use this technique to gather personal information about a person and later blackmailing them into doing something illegal or demand money from them.
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