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Posted: 19 January 2005 at 9:37am | IP Logged

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       Internet has brought immense source of information closer to kids, the world seems like a global information sharing community, but all that information has robbed the kids of simple joys and  innocence, not to mention brought about an era of cyber crimes or crimes against kids brought about with the help of internet....what do you think ....has it helped the kids or made them more vunerable to a new dark world.

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Posted: 19 January 2005 at 12:25pm | IP Logged

Everything to Human beings have their good and bad sides so i would say both as through internet the kids have their task cut out for their school projects and bad side to it is that it is also harmful for their innocent minds.






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Posted: 19 January 2005 at 12:33pm | IP Logged
Yep, agree with Rifhat. The internet is a great recource for so many things, however because of silly, corrupted people it has been misused. If extra caution is taken then one can avoid seeing the bad side of the internet. This is why parental controls have been introduced so when kids use the internet they are able to avoid stumbling across certain sites. I think overall the internet is very useful and helps us with so many things but there is always someone there who has to ruin it for others.


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Posted: 19 January 2005 at 12:36pm | IP Logged
If you look back at history. All inventions have had both positive and negative effects. Unfortunately, the World Wide Web has also been placed into this category. But I would have to say that it has helped more than brought negative outcomes.




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Posted: 19 January 2005 at 1:07pm | IP Logged
net surfing has its own positive and negative outcomes.its like the 2 different sides of the same coin.if a person uses it in a positive way,net surfing will always be good and safe!!but if a person uses it in a bad way,net surfing will always have bad results!!

i think anyone can use internet....Smile


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Posted: 19 January 2005 at 2:20pm | IP Logged

Nice topic PJ04ClapClap

i agree with Bas02.  The internet, is a very useful thing.  It can find information for the projects that kids have, and they can play games on the internet.  i agree with Bas, when she said If extra caution is taken then one can avoid seeing the bad side of the internet.  When kids are on the internet i think a parent should always be there, untill the person using the internet, knows how to avoid the "bad side of internet." 




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Posted: 19 January 2005 at 3:39pm | IP Logged
As I was watching the History Channel, someone said that the Internet was the discovery of the century. Truly all aspects of  commerce, education, finance, ... - life have been affected by this wonderful tool. Has it made kids and teens vulnerable? Perhaps. But then teens are vulnerable to a host of things. Let's take a simple example - A teen couple breakup, the boy is heartbroken, he takes a sleeping tablet pill to forget his despair and the same happens the next day and the next and the next ... are those tablets making the kids vulnerable? A few days ago I read that people were saying that kids have started on this new habit of sniffing cleaning chemicals. ... When I was introduced to the internet it was in my late teens and I found myself addicted to Chat rooms. Almost a year later I rarely found myself in the chat room. What made the transformation? My parents. When they saw me spending a lot of time on the INTERNET chatting they took intrest in what it was, what rooms I visited, who I spoke to, and such. The FBI has a dedicated division to tracing people impersonating as teens or kids trying to befriend kids with the intent of harm. Their advise to parents - be watchful and if upon serious insisting the kids to decide to meet with their chatting buddies, parents should accompany them on such meetings. The moral of the story, Internet is safe only if parents make it safe otherwise it is a no man's land where safety and security are just words.

In my opinion, Parents make a big difference when it comes to safety for the kids or teens. Sure teens rebel and are not easy to control but parents who have constantly given time, care, discipline, and have shown love have respect from their teens. Respect enough that they listen just as I did and many of my friends. For us the Internet was safe because our parents took the time out to make it safe for us.


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Posted: 19 January 2005 at 4:42pm | IP Logged
The internet is a great thing for teens, helps with homework, research, making friend like here in India-forums, and gets them away from the television... im basically telling what the interent has done for me, but like everyone else said there are bad sides to it... everything has a good and bad side to it and basically we have to treat the internet the same way, enjoy it but you have to be cautious to all the bad things and not let it affect you...

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