The Internet: A network of Controversies Exploring the problems and solutions of offensive content on the Internet

Essay by Timster27High School, 12th gradeA-, March 2005

download word file, 7 pages 4.1 3 reviews

Each day thousands of children are exposed to pornographic images and video on the Internet and the number continues to rise. Almost 90 percent of children aged from eight to sixteen years old have been exposed to pornographic material, either intentionally or accidentally while playing games or doing homework. These figures are unacceptable and need to be dealt with. The Internet is a "virtual anarchy" with no laws or regulations and it must be controlled. The invention of the Internet has brought many good things to society, however it has also brought a whole new set of problems to deal with. The world needs to create an international organization to deal with the crimes and immoralities that are being committed on the Internet.

The most popular problem facing the Internet is the issue of pornography. Because there is no universal legal system, the website must only conform to their own country's laws.

For example, certain countries such as the Netherlands allow teens to be in pornographic photographs and videos at the age of sixteen, instead of the more widely accepted age of eighteen years old. The Internet has allowed people from all over the world a "window" into the Netherlands; exploiting more young teens than ever before, causing a record number of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

The subject matter of many websites subconsciously promotes adultery in their films, and objectifies women in particular. Promoting theses ideas that reach such a wide audience is a threat to the basic backbone of our society. Studies have shown that the largest consumers of Internet pornography are not adults but children aged twelve to seventeen years old (Pornography Statistics). It is truly a frightening thought to think that future generations will be basing their morals on what they have seen on...