Real Life Dangers of a Virtual World by denslers

At it's core, the paper I 'm writing is about the risk of the internet. The internet has evolved over the past 40-ish years.

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The World Wide Web, made publicly available about 20 years ago, allows us to do many things today with the convenient click of a mouse.

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Unfortunately, some of the things an average user can accomplish with just hitting a few buttons on a keyboard can be catastrophic.

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The majority of this danger is taking place over, what is referred to as, social networking sites. These web pages are proving dangerous.

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They are leading major problems. People in the real world are being effected by something that has no physical presence.

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What are some of the potential risks the internet poses, in a physical/mental aspect, and what should people do to stay safe?

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The first of the potential risks is pedophilia and sexual predators. There are two completely different definitions.

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A sexual predator is essentially someone who has decided to stop having fantasies and start acting them out to their own accord.

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Pedophilia involves a lot of the same characteristics but it targeted specifically towards under aged children.

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The problem comes into play when teenagers are on social-networking sites where they can share pictures, video, etc.

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If a user is not careful they can share unwanted information to friends and followers on these sites. This could be very dangerous.

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Most of these sites are free and don't require a background check there is no way of telling if a person is misrepresenting themselves.

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Sexual predators take advantage of this and stalk children online. Sometimes they are even fortunate enough to set-up actual meetings.

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Once this happens the victim may be raped or even killed, depending on the desires of sexual predator.

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To keep safe on these sites adults and/or parents need to educate themselves to be aware of these facts and to know how to prevent them.

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Talking to children about who they should be talking to no the internet, and setting profile pages to private are two priorities.

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A second danger that is out there in the internet is cyberbullying. This problem is growing like wildfire.

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Cyberbullying can be defined as when a child is tormented by another teen or preteen, often happening over mobile phones or the internet.

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The effect of this online type of bullying as led to embarrassment, depression, and even in some extreme cases murder and suicide.

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There are several ways a bully may choose to torment his target. Some include spam mail bombs, impersonation, pictures, and rumors.

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There is no one solution fits all answer for these conflicts. Many arise from different conflicts and have different motifs.

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The best way to protect a child from this is to educate them in prevention. The child also needs to be encouraged to tell an adult.

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Cyberbullying as also made a presence in the workplace, where it is more correctly termed cyber harassment. Here it is just as prevalent.

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In these cases adults are the ones bullying adults. It is more common than many would think and the consequences could lead to jail time.

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Consider the fact that the internet is everyone's right to partake in. Unfortunately, some people get to ruin that experience for others.

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Overall I believe that my research paper went well throughout the whole process. I had lots of evidence to back up the claim.

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I had one rough patch when I was trying to research cyberbullying and cyber harssment. They are diffent things.

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Each involve a different age group of people and different consequences for its participants. Something many don't understand.

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I feel confident that while I was a little rusty on how to construct a research paper I will do alright.

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I know when I was in high school I had a hard time writing research papers specifically. I wasn't too bad with other styles of writing.

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One things I haven't tried before personally is conducting my own survey/experiment. I have formulated some questions I think will work.

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Do you know what cyberbullying is, or have you heard the term before?

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Do you believe you have ever been the target of a cyberbully, or know someone who has?

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Have you ever sent an embarrassing, harassing, or otherwise threatening message to or about someone over the internet?

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These are just a couple some of the questions I have. I believe this experiment will help me relate the information better to the audience.

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The group is primary high school students, no subjects are younger than 15. Hopefully that won't have a greater impact on my outcome.

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I am sure I will be ready to present on Monday.

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