The Pros And Cons Of Anonymity Online

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Internet is everywhere and today, we are walking around with internet devices in their pockets, our smart phones. Have you ever been online on; Facebook, YouTube, a blog, etc., and looked at the comments? While there can be multiple heartfelt comments, there can also be negative comments. “You look like an ugly slob”-from no name. This type of comments is a growing problem in today media world. I hope to increase awareness in media users of the pros and cons of using anonymity online. While elaborating with an opinion editorial I will demonstrate the negative aspect of anonymity cyberbullying, predators ,and unethical behavior. I will also show anonymity along the lines of privacy. What is anonymity? Anonymity is being anonymous. Meaning…show more content…
Suicidal thinking or a suicide attempt was reported by 22% of perpetrators , 29% of victims , and 38% of bullies. Anonymity is making it easier for bullies to bully especially children. This can happen with just a touch of a screen. There is no way to know who the bully is, so there is no way to stop them or to punish them for their actions. This is a problem, even more so when you look at the statistic of how many students think about and have even attempted suicide. Another negative aspect of anonymity, is predator finding their targets online. Anonymity makes tragedy event like knapping easier and more common. Because with the use of anonymity one can make an online profile with a fake name and even a fake picture. Kathy Glover fell for one of these misleading profiles. This 12-year-old believed she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy, when in reality she was chatting and sending photos to a mid-Aged sex predator. And Kathy was not his only victim. Nationwide, 4,500 cases were reported to police last year in which predators used chat rooms to prey on teenagers. These predators are using fake names and pictures to approach and befriend incent people online. Befriending people who a lot of the time are children makes it more likely that they will agree to meet. This is the new way predator are luring in their victims. And unfortunately, this tactic has been successful. Anonymity is followed by unethical behavioral because not having your name

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