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Essay on “Protection from Internet Abuse” Complete Essay for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

Protection from Internet Abuse

We hardly see teenagers indulging in the outdoor games that they used play once. Cricket (or tennis/football/hockey..)  comes almost every day on television, so does entertainment. And then there is the Internet. If one is not lucky enough to presses a computer of one’s own, there  is always the friendly neighborhood cyber café.  Mother and fathers proudly say their son-a little more rarely, daughter- is glued to the computer all day and late into night once the necessary evil of homework has been done. These parents seldom ask their children what they seek of find on the Internet; it is naively assumed it is supplementary knowledge to school texts. Since when have children become assiduous enough to seek adjuncts of their school work? Or it is assumed that it is general awareness  being widened? Yes, indeed , it is general awareness, some of it that could , unfortunately, prove dangerous.

          Several cases have been publicized of child abuse through Internet chat rooms, how children have been cleverly induced to meet the ‘interesting’ chatter and disaster. Contact over the Internet is never given the kind of scrutiny that parents normally give to the ‘friend’ who come home or with whom their children move within the ‘real’ world. The privacy  that most parents would never think of allowing their children somehow becomes the acceptable norm when the same children are hooked onto the Internet. The rules for the WWW are in a class apart, that is , if there are any rules at all except some shorthand code language all Net users seem to be aware of. But chat rooms afford the anonymity to the users that they could seldom find elsewhere. Perfectly clean and hygiene conscious men and women have little compunction, after all, about leaving public toilets dirty after use. It is almost as if they had a personality ‘on show’ when others can see them or identify them with some deed, and quite another when assured of ‘not being found out’. Or , perhaps, it is a sign of defiance against social niceties, an escape from ‘rules’ and ‘regulations’ of behavior. Something similar happens to Net users- at least some of them. These people are apparently perhaps ‘let themselves go’ when they strike the keys to enter happened in the case of the German guy who enticed a fellow Net chatter into becoming a victim to his cannibal longings has been publicized, but we do not quite know the why’s of it. Could it have happened without the strange anonymity and ‘other worldliness’ of the Internet? May be , yes , but not with such facile ease, perhaps.

          The world of the Web is something indefinable, a part of this world, yet something apart from it. The New York Times talks of the “relatively permissive environment” on the Web the explains the uninhibited responses from viewers. It observes that a “negative advertisement that might rub viewers the wrong way in their living rooms is apparently less likely to do so when they are at their computers.  So , standards on the Web are different. That implies that we develop a split personality- one kind of morality for this world and another kind for the WWW! Not quite, the Web probably offers a release  to the inherent but suppressed  instincts in some persons, suppressed because of conventions of civility imposed by the fact of living in society. The right and wrongs of such suppression are a matter of debate, but if one goes by the tenet of moderation, on e person’s  freedom to hurt another is to deprive the victim of his or her freedom , and this kind of freedom cannot be condoned. The excitement of danger entices normally sedate youngsters and more so when the cloak of anonymity offers an almost invincible ‘protection’ from being found out. The same works in favour of the stalkers and abusers roving the Net.

          It is the vulnerable who need protection, and it is the children who are most vulnerable. Parents could take some easy precautions, such as supervising their children’s use of the Internet, or by using the available filtering services. And they should do so at the earliest, not merely moan and groan about the ‘permissiveness’ of the Net or go to the extreme step of banning its access for the children. The WWW is, after all, a valuable source of information, but dangers do lurk there , as perhaps they do anywhere in the world.   

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