Within my time of this course I have learned many things that I believe I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to. Probably the most interesting of these, for me, was how connected everything actually is within the internet. Being so tightly connected has undeniably helped the nearly 200 countries of our world, to grow as one. This was done by how amazingly fast information can spread across the internet - but at the same time, this could be said to be one of the internet’s downfalls.
For our global project, my team chose the topic of Cyber bullying - which is a prime example of how this incredibly fast spread of information can be so bad. When bullies spread their horrible comments about their victims across the internet it can reach such a massive audience in such a short period of time, the victim can feel like there is no escaping the torment. Our textbook “Information Technology” states the best way to deal with this is to save the evidence and just block the hurtful messages (Williams & Sawyer, 2013, Pg. 493), as in a way of “out of sight, out of mind” - but children are now coming to understand that because the internet is so closely connected, nothing is really gone from it.
There is a saying: “What you put online, is there forever. ”; this is becoming a clear fact more and more each day. Social Networking sites have become the most popular activity on the internet (It’s a Social World: Social Networking Leads as Top Online Activity Globally, Radwanick). These sites, like Facebook, welcome their users to provide them deeply personal information about themselves “in hopes to help better connect the user with others around the World”. Many people are unaware of the hazards of doing this. With almost the entire world connected, nearly every aspect of our society has made its way to the internet - including crime.
A large group of individuals take this information that has been carelessly released for the world to see, and use it to commit many illegal and dangerous...