In the first weeks topic ‘The Internet And Now’, we compared the internet to a playground which I found really intriguing. The fact that there are two sides to the playground; positive and negative.
On one hand the Internet is positive, just like a playground we can develop our social skills as on the Internet we are constantly interacting with others. We can also improve our knowledge on the Internet by researching content and exploring the web whereas on a playground you can improve your knowledge by learning how to explore the different obstacles etc. Online we have instant access as by the click of a button we can find things out, socialise or express our opinions.
However a playground and the Internet have a negative side to them. One of the many: there are no rules, in a playground children can hurt themselves or get in fights as there is no supervision or rules to follow and it is the same with the Internet. Individuals can post horrible things online and do whatever they like because there is nothing to stop them. The Internet is very unsupervised and so can a playground be which is not good because children could get hurt. Also online children may go on content that is not appropriate for them under no supervision which may upset or effect them in some way. Even though I mentioned instant access is positive it can also be looked upon as a negative due to children being able to look at content so easily that is not suitable fro them e.g gaming sites, pornography etc.
Overall this argument really interested me and made me realise we can compare it to different things which made me think about the Internet in a whole new way.