Censorship of the Internet for Children Essay

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Censorship of the Internet for Children

The Internet is one of the most profound and important technological advancements of this era. It has touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people all over the world. The Internet has become so embedded into our everyday life that for many, life would almost be unbearable without an internet connection. The Internet has enabled so many people who are so far away from each other a means of communication. It eased the burden of contacting loved ones across the world from each other. Not only does the Internet provide a digital communication playground for users, it also provides them with a sea of invaluable resources. The wealth of information that is available on the Internet is both
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The United States has the greatest number of Internet users in the world and has an estimated 24 million children online. With this amount of underage users online, the Internet is a breeding ground for trouble. According to a Congressional study, one in every five children online is solicited for sex in the last year.[4] 20%, 5 million children are solicited for sex every year and 725,000 children are “aggressively” asked for sex, as in an offer to meet in person![5] 77% of the children who were solicited for sex were 14 years of age and older, while 22% of the children targeted were between the ages of 10 to 13.[6] These numbers are quite alarming considering these statistics are only for the United States. Countries like China, Japan, England and Germany who have a high percentage of population and online users face the same problems as the United States. When these countries are added, the statistics start to become frightfully mind boggling. It is amazing how rampant this Internet problem is yet only 33% of parents use filtering software and only 10% even know where to report these Internet incidences.[7] These

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