It was in the latter half of the 1990s that the inclination towards digital media took place, which can be technically termed as ‘Internet Explosion’. This brought about a change, as in the global context and the scientific and governmental research was transformed to a commercial and consumer market. Communication became susceptible and it seemed that the world was within our grasp. Through this international boundaries were diminished which enforced online services to thrive. Thus, a new era of civilization came into being.
However benefited are we depending upon our new best friend, the Internet, the chances of getting trapped in the World Wide Web cannot be negotiated. We have learnt about several forms of evil practices that exist in the cyber world and what leads to them. Similarly, we have come across the manner in which we can establish ourselves and make a name. But very few of us know how to differentiate between the good content and bad content on the internet. We know what evil out in the cyber world is but we are unable to segregate it from the good.
In case of social networking sites we find youngsters and people new to the uses of the internet, accepting requests from every other individual happening to be unknown to them. It’s good to befriend new people and get to know them but who knows you may find a wolf in a sheep’s clothing. Therefore, before accepting requests from new people, do a background search of their profiles and see to it whether you have a mutual friend or not. Talk to the mutual friend if there is one and get to know who is sending you a request. If you don’t have one, then don’t accept. At least make sure the person is a known face. But if you find the profile trustworthy do accept the request and maintain a certain distance at first which includes not sharing your private information. It is better to have several conversations on general matters before having a smooth friendship.
Even while you shop online, chances of getting duped are high. Therefore, before purchasing a product, go through the reviews of the product. The most recent ones are the best to guide you through. It would be beneficial if you at least compare the prices of a product on other sites before purchasing.
If a minor, by which I mean one who is not an adult, is accessing the internet, I would say that parental guidance is a must in this area. Every system at home should have internet filters which would prevent the child from accessing adult content. Moreover, focus should be given to develop an attitude that would make them aware of the evils. Schools can play a part in this and equip the students by holding sessions regarding developing a cyber-sense. Therefore, the ill effects of the internet can be avoided in this way.
Everything in the cyber world works on trust, so it’s a choice that we have to make, the choice of setting our standards and having an eye of a keen observer.