Perspective: Inappropriate content on the internet

Imagine browsing the internet with good intentions. All of a sudden, a post about something inappropriate appears, and now, since you’ve seen it, you can’t get it out of your head. Isn’t that unfair to you? Whatever you saw can ruin your day.

Also, since it’s on the internet, it could have ruined thousands of people’s days as well. Varieties of ages browse the internet. Can you envision being such a young age and seeing disturbing content? The fact that you see unwanted, inappropriate content is not healthy for you. I strongly believe that content should be moderated.

To start off, children can be shown disturbing things in the world and it can often mess up their view of the world. “Users routinely upload (or attempt to upload) content such as child pornography, gratuitous violence, and disturbing, hate-filled messages,” says an article called “The Human Cost of Online Content Moderation” published in 2018 on JOLT Digest, Harvard’s digital Journal of Law & Technology.

The way that they describe the content that people constantly keep uploading doesn’t sound like it’s educating anyone with good information. Also, children will be taught those things and end up having a different view of the world. They will have a different, negative mindset after seeing it. In conclusion, children will be misled into the bad things in our society.

In addition, I can see why many others might think that online moderation shouldn’t take place. Online moderation can be too limited, and companies wouldn’t know what to restrict. For example, topics like racism, prejudice, and discrimination can be restricted even though children should be educated by them.

Even though this is the case, kids shouldn’t learn these topics on the internet. The internet can often deceive children into the content of those topics. They should learn them in a safe environment, like school or home.

To wrap up, I strongly believe that online moderation should take place on the internet. Restricting certain content can improve the purpose of the internet in the first place. If we all strive to continue to restrict ourselves from seeing that content, then we’re already helping, starting with us. In conclusion, being able to not see the bad things on the internet will improve the quality of the internet.

By Nicole M., De Marillac Academy

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