7.1.1 Issues Relating to Internet Usage

Q. What are some of the main issues (areas of concern) related to general internet usage?

  • Leaves you with a short attention span
  • Cyberbullying
  • Distraction
  • Addiction
  • Antisocial, lacking in personal relationships
  • Traditional printing methods running out of business
  • Inappropriate images can damage a persons self-esteem and confidence
  • Propaganda (based information with a political/ideological aspect)
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Very easily accessible- inappropriate material
  • Defamation on social media
  • Health concerns

Facts from source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uquRzrcwA18

  • 69% of the people in the UK have experienced cyberbullying
  • Online crime out of control
  • Online abuse
  • In a European-wide poll, people put the internet before TV, car and even bath
  • 3 in 5 of us check the internet first thing in the morning and last thing at night
  • Smartphones are affecting relationships
  • 9 out of 10 people would rather surf the internet than read a book
  • Facebook users share 2.5 million pieces of content per minute
  • Latest term for data is Yottabyte – 1000000000000000000000000 BYTES
  • Google makes 2.5 bill searches per day
  • Internet is often the source of reliable information, and it can be deceiving
  • Privacy is under threat

Social Media

14% of the world population use these social media sites.

Some of the main issues related to social media use are:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Defamation
  • Inappropriate material


  • 1.01 billion daily active users on average for September 2015
  • 894 million mobile daily active users on average for September 2015
  • Approximately 83.5% of our daily active users are outside the US and Canada


  • Instagram has 400 million users which is 7% of the world’s population

Some of the Legal & Ethical issues related to the internet are:

Sources: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/publications/background-paper-human-rights-cyberspace/5-current-issues-internet-censorship-bullying


  • Cyberbullying impacting human rights: can affect physical and mental health, the right to an education (can make a person feel unsafe and unwelcome at school), the right to be free from violence, whether physical or mental, the right to freedom of expression and to hold opinions without interference.
  • Copyright laws
  • Fair use
  • Email spoofing
  • Phishing
  • Vishing
  • Keystroke Phishing
  • Identity Theft
  • Cookie Poisoning



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