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A brief introduction of the internet

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INTERNET TALK Today, the internet has played a huge part in revolutionized our lives and along with it, comes IRC. What is IRC? IRC (Internet relay chat) is multi-user chat system or program that enables multiple users to chat with one another on their personal computers via a huge network of servers around the world in a real time mode. IRC provides an alternative way of communication as opposed to chatting on the phone. "Internet Relay Chat was originally written by Jarkko Oikarinen in the year 1988. Since its birth in Finland, IRC is in use in over sixty countries worldwide" (1) (Daniel Stenberg, 2002). Jarkko Oikarinen was then still a university student when he wrote the chat program. Anyone with an internet connection can participate in the live chat. What made IRC more superior than any chat programs that existed at that time is that IRC is free. How does it work then? Internet Relay Chat is consisted of several networks. Each network comprises a number of servers and each server comprises many channels (chat rooms you can chat in). When IRC first began, it had only one network. Now, there are a total of five. To chat, a user chooses a network, then a server in the network he has chosen, then a channel in that server. ...read more.


3. Harassment. Children may receive e-mails that are harassing or demeaning. What we have just seen are some possible risks that can be resulted from IRC. Let's talk about some common problems children face while talking in IRC. First, Cyber-sex, children are often the victims of such sexually explicit conversation. It has been around for as long as the inception of IRC till today. The problem has been escalating instead of dwindling. Cyber-sex is physically harmless when executed but it can mentally scar a child forever. Cyber-sex is often initiated by pedophiles who want some sexual satisfaction from children while on the internet. Children are often trusting by nature. When they trust someone they do not know on IRC, it can give the pedophiles the ability to literally reach into their home and grab them. All it takes is one lie. You see, these child molesters can pretend to be anybody they want. They may even give gifts or a substantial amount of their time to the children to gain their trust and attention. Next, we look at cyber-crime. Sometimes online predators don't just go for sexual gratification from children. They do harm to others' computer for thrill sake. Children may get abused from constant email-bombing by abusers. These abuses get victims' email in IRC. They may also send viruses or spyware to destroy or to steal critical information such as their parents' credit card numbers on their victims' computers. ...read more.


So from the above report, one thing is for sure - Chat rooms are places where children are exposed to the danger of meeting potential online child abusers. This is not a losing battle parents are fighting. The dangers can be overcome if both the parents and children are co-operative and active in taking part in keeping the IRC community safe. How useful the IRC can be depends on the active involvement of everyone. End-text Referencing 1) Daniel Stenberg (2002) History of IRC [On-line] Available: www.daniel.haxx.se/irchistory.html [2004, 13 september] 2) Dey Alexander (2004) Nattering on the Net [on-line] Available: www.its.monash.edu.au/web/slideshows/wgchat/slide7-0.html [2004, 14 September] 3) Donna Rice, (1998). Kids online: protecting your children in cyberspace. Vancouver: Safety Project 4) John w. Gillis (2002) Internet Crimes against children [on-line] Available:www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/publications/bulletins/internet_2_2001/internet_2_01_3.html [2004, 12 September] Biblography 1) Debbie Mahoney. (1999) Innocence lost? : protecting your child from the trauma of abuse : the nation's leading resource guide for both on line and off line information. Emeryville: West Coast Media Group 2) Dey Alexander (2004) Nattering on the Net [on-line] Available: www.its.monash.edu.au/web/slideshows/wgchat/slide7- 0.html [2004, 14 September] 3) Gralla, Preston. (1999) Online kids : a young surfer's guide to cyberspace. New York: J. Wiley 4) John w. Gillis (2002) Internet Crimes against children [on-line] Available: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/publications/bulletins/internet_2_2001/ internet_2_01_3.html [2004, 11 september] 5) The European commission (2003) Safer Internet [on-line] Available: www.saferinternet.org/resources/Chats.asp#three [2004 11 september] 6) Michael Klein-Katz (2000) Whole family.com [on-line] Available: http://www.wholefamily.com/aboutyourmarriage/affairs/ q_and_a/chat_addict.html [2004 5 October] 7) ...read more.

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