Uses And Misuse Of Internet Essay


The internet is an exciting technological advancement that is becoming very common now days because it is onof the fastest ways of getting information. People of different status and age group use the net in various ways.It is used commonly for business information exchange, education and communication. The extent of use of thenet in everyday life has become so common that it is now an integral part of our lives.As the internet is being increasingly used as an education and information resource, parents have to decide howto make it a safe place for their children. Pornography, violence, obscenity and hatred lurk in unexpected places,and innocent children stumble upon them all too frequently.It is not the problem of parents and their children only, but employees viewing and trading pornographic,offensive or otherwise unproductive material has also emerged as a key concern of many business managers. Not only are these activities wasteful of time and resources in themselves, they may also involve the employer in legal issues. The ease of access and distribution of these materials makes these issues all too common in daily business.


There are many misuses of internet faced by us in our daily life. Some of them are most common amongstschool children include:



breaking into computer systems.

Instant Messaging


a type of communications service that enables you to create a kind of privatechat roomwith another individual in order to communicate inreal timeover theInternet.


A slang term used to describee-mailspamspecifically of adult content or of a pornographic nature. Sitescontaining profane and vulgar language, expletives, revealing attire, adult situations, criminal activity, nudityand any other subjects generally considered inappropriate for children.

Viruses/Malicious codes:

Malicious code is the term used to describe any code in any part of asoftwaresystemor script that is intended to cause undesired effects, security breaches or damage to a system.It is a security terms that includes attack scripts,viruses,worms,Trojan horses, backdoors, andmalicious activecontent.

Cyber Bullying:

Slang term used to describe online harassment, which can be in the form of flames, commentsmade inchat rooms, the sending of offensive or cruele-mail, or even harassing others by posting onblogs,Web pagesor social networking sites(SNS) such asFacebook or MySpace. Unlike physical bullying, cyber bullyingcan often be difficult to track as the cyber bully — the person responsible for the acts of cyber bullying — canremain anonymous when threatening others online


Sites that promote or practice gambling involving the use of actual money, illegally or otherwise, inthe form of online casinos, lotteries, or sports betting.

Drug/Alcohol Abuse:

Sites encouraging or glamorizing the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs, instructionsfor manufacturing illegal substances, references to drug paraphernalia, “drug culture”, and promoting/sellingalcohol and/or tobacco to minors.




The internet is the biggest world-wide communication network of computers. It has millions of smaller domestic, academic, business, and government networks, which together carry many different kinds of information. The term is sometimes abbreviated as "the net". The World Wide Web is one of its biggest services. It is used by a few billion people all over the world.

The internet was developed in the United States by the "United States Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency" (DARPA). It was first connected in October, 1969,[1] and was called ARPANET. The World Wide Web was created at CERN in Switzerland in 1990 by a British (UK) man named Tim Berners-Lee.

Today, people can pay money to access the internet from internet service providers. Some services on the Internet cost nothing to use. Sometimes people who offer these free services use advertising to make money from them. Censorship and freedom of speech on the internet can be controversial.

Services on the internet[change | change source]

The internet is used for many things, such as electronic mail, online chat, file transfer, and the interlinked web pages and other documents of the World Wide Web.

The most used service on the internet is the World Wide Web (which is also called the "Web"). The Web contains websites, including blogs and wikis like Wikipedia. Webpages on the internet can be seen and read by anyone (unless the page needs a password, or it is blocked).

The second biggest use of the internet is to send and receive e-mail. E-mail is private and goes from one user to another. Instant messaging (such as AIM or ICQ) is similar to email, but allows two or more people to chat to each other much faster.

Some governments think the Internet is a bad thing, and block all or part of it. For example, the Chinese government thinks that Wikipedia is bad. Many times no one in China can read it or add to it.[2] Some parents block parts of the internet they think are bad for children to see. Well-known examples of the whole internet being blocked are in North Korea[3].

Dangers on the internet[change | change source]

The internet makes communication easy, and communication can be dangerous. People often send secret information, and sometimes other people can steal that information. They can use the Internet to spread lies or stolen secrets or dangerously bad advice. For example, Facebook has had some problems with privacy settings. A person can post information on the website, but this is often a bad idea unless the person is very sure of what they are doing. One way to check for a secure website is to make sure the URL starts with https:// instead of http://. This means it is secured so other people cannot read information while it is being sent. However, it does not mean the website will do things to keep it safe.

Related pages[change | change source]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Internet.

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