When I was in elementary school, I thought girls could give me some dreadful disease. I stayed away from girls because they gave me "cooties". After school, I would go fishing at a nearby stream, ride my skate board, or study only if mandated by my parents. The closest I came to technology was watching the "Little Rascals" on TV. Today, computers and the Internet offers a cyberspace playground for kids. Kids stay up past their bed time playing with their computer or surfing the Internet.
The Internet provides entertainment and education for millions of people worldwide. The Internet will have the most dramatic effect on mankind since the industrial revolution. Through the Internet, people can send electronic mail, exchange files, and publish through the world-wide web (WWW), materials that traditionally appeared in journals, magazines, posters, books, television, and film. Information can be searched globally and retrieved in a matter of seconds by the use of Internet "search engines".
Every technological advancement of mankind has its "dark" side. The Internet's dark side is the issue offensive materials to children such as pornography. Other topics considered offensive can include: nudity, violence, racial issues, religion, harsh language. From the privacy of their rooms or even at school, children can view pornographic materials in text, pictures, and even movies with an Internet connection. Live adult "chat" rooms can be entered by children which may have no restriction on language used. The two most popular Internet tools used to gain access to the Internet are: World Wide Web and Usenet. The World Wide Web is the most popular Internet tools for displaying and exchanging information in a multi-media format. Usenet is a collection of thousands of discussion groups covering every topic from baseball to nude pictures.
In 1995, Internet Censorship Bill(also known as Communications Decency Act) was introduced by the U.S. Congress to prevent offensive material from being...