Internet is one of the most powerful means of communication in the history of humankind. It brings people together and has potential sources of information as well as entertainment. Besides, it has a lot of dangers and harms for the users (especially for children). In Australia, the idea of ‘internet censorship’ began since 2003 by the Australia’s prominent think tank when researched about online habit of Australian teenagers and the dangers related to internet. This essay will discuss about the advantages and disadvantages of internet censorship plan in Australia.
The Australian internet censorship plan has some advantages. First of all, it protects children out of trouble with the daily life, online child abuse as well as pornography websites. When children surf the web they don’t know which page is good for them and which one is bad that’s why they need to supervise or protect by adult or any technical measure. Moreover, when they chat they don’t know who is chatting with them and they talk every thing they know with the chatter even their own personal information, in some cases they got the trouble with the daily life because of their innocent. Recently, a Sydney 12 year old school girl and her friends who got the trouble by the hands of a facebook stalker, and they have been unable to get the social networking company to intervene. The abuse began when someone hacked into the girl’s facebook profile, using her account to lure her friends to get her personal information. Moreover, the stalker posted impolite things as well as sending threatening messages on the mother’s profile (Grubb B. 2010). Another advantage of internet censorship plan is to prevent the crime of online pornography. Nowadays, there are more and more online crimes that not only happen in a country but also relate to many countries and sometimes become an online crime syndicate. McKenna discusses a case of a 41 years old Canberra man using a child to produce child pornography and...
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