The internet is a valuable resource that allows you to stay connected with friends and family through social networking, instant messaging and texting. Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide (Wikipedia). Being able to connect with your friends and family may seem like a great thing to be able to do however there are several disadvantages. Some of which include words such as “relationship” or “friend” being used to the next level. This also includes damage regarding faking online identities. The internet which involves social networking, instant messaging, and texting all have various disadvantages.
According to Dana Fleming reading, “Youthful Indiscretions: Should Colleges Protect Social Network Users from Themselves and Others?” She believes that social networking sites create a number of issues for students, for example, privacy, safety and conduct. She proposes a targeted review by colleges of students’ social networking sites. Evidence to back up her point of view is examples of students who were raped after meeting face to face with those “friends” met online. Loss of internships, scholarships, employment opportunities, as result of messages and pictures posted online. Most students that put up their private information on websites don’t employ their privacy settings. Government actions that should or were taken include increasing the minimum age of access from 14 to 16 years old. Also, the inability of colleges and universities to give out student’s personal information, courts allowed using online networking site as evidence and finally federal funded libraries unable to let minor’s access social networking sites. What colleges and/or universities decided to do is run the game from a hands-off policy to an advisory role of do’s and don’ts in the penalty...