World Internet Day

What is the Internet?

The dictionary tells us it is ‘the large system of connected computers around the world that allows people to share information and communicate with each other. (1)

What are we sharing on the Internet?
What are we really communicating?
What are we connecting to on our computers?

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What is World Internet Day about?
What is the Internet telling us about Internet Day?

Since 2005, every 29th October we celebrate the most important invention in human history because this was the day of the first transmission back in 1969.

Did you know – there is no invention in history that has grown so fast and reached so many.

We are being asked to celebrate the people who helped build the internet and stop for a moment to reflect on ALL the ways that the internet has changed our lives forever.

Check this video for more detail about the history of the Internet
https://youtu.be/M9ebkjWU6Z4

Here are a few highlights –

The Internet began as an experimental computer network.

If we have enough in common, if we hold enough in common, then we can communicate. If we don’t hold enough in common, it’s much harder. So in fact the reason why the network works at all is that we have worked very hard to create all this commonality so that we share enough knowledge to make it possible to convey information to each other. – Dr. Vincent Cerf.

The million dollar question here is –
What do we all have in common on the Internet?

What is the ‘common’ that we communicate via the Internet?
Would it be true to say that our people and countries are divided and this is reflected in our Internet World?

Next billion dollar question
Can we truly celebrate the Internet if we know it has changed the lives of others but not in a ‘better way’?

Do we have the real statistics not just of those who have ended their lives, but those who self-harm because of cyber abuse in some form?

Do we know what parents and custodians of our youth are going through dealing with Internet addiction?

Is it becoming more common to give our toddlers an iPad because it keeps them entertained?

Are we all using the Internet with RESPONSBILITY?
Are we using the Internet knowing we are accountable for everything we put out there?
What information are we giving to the world?
On that note – check http://simplelivingglobal.com/living-a-see-through-life

Are we aware that we are leaving a digital footprint that cannot be erased on the Internet?
Are we really bothered what happens to another because of our choices on the Internet?

In other words, are we making sure what we put online is the same as how we are living, where we are not harming ourselves or others?

Are we using the Internet as a distraction?
Are we using the Internet as a game that is not real life?
Are we using the Internet for our own personal pleasure?
Are we using the Internet to replace the void in our lives?

Are we using the Internet as a modern day tool for connection?
Are we using the Internet in a way that no one is going to find out what we are up to?
Are we using the Internet to purely gain profits for our business?
Are we using the Internet to falsely make money out of vulnerable customers?

Are we using the Internet to fuel our addictions?
Are we using the Internet because life without it now would be boring?
Are we using the Internet to take the edge off life?
Are we using the Internet to avoid a true relationship with ourselves?

Are we using the Internet to seek identification and recognition from ourselves?
Are we using the Internet to vent our hate at others?
Are we using the Internet to bad mouth those who speak the Truth?
Are we using the Internet to genuinely support humanity to evolve?

Could it be possible that on-line and off-line are actually the same?
Could it be possible that how we live in real life is the same as cyber world?

Could it be possible that the original inventors of the Internet wanted global connection and sharing to support our evolution?

1971
Email took the usefulness of computer networking to a new level.

First website http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html
August 1991 (2)

1982 – only 50 pages on the Internet
1990 – Microsoft first big breakthrough system – Windows 3.0
1993 – first browser developed for using the world wide web
1994 – Yahoo launched their first website
1995 – Internet Explorer added to the first Microsoft OS package reaching home computers
1995 – Amazon website launch
1998 – Google
1999 – PayPal
2003 – WordPress, LinkedIn
2004 – Facebook
2005 – YouTube
2006 – Twitter
2008 – Dropbox
2008 – Facebook had 100 million monthly active users worldwide. (3)
2010 – Google estimated the total size of all data stored on our internet – 5 million Terabytes. (4)
2015 – 3,185,996,155 Internet users. That is over 3 billion users. (5)
2015 – Google revenues $75,000,000,000. (6)
2015 – Apple profit in last quarter to February 2016 $18,000,000,000 (7)

In January 2016 – Simple Living Global website launch. This website remains active and the content will go down in history as a unique website for humanity bringing more awareness to the people in the early 21st century.

In February 2016 Google became the most valuable company in the world – worth more than $500 billion – (500,000,000,000 dollars). (6)

There are over 1 billion websites today of which 75% are not active. (5)
What is this telling us?
WHY is there such a large amount of websites not actively operating today?

So here we have big fat numbers that most of us would not even be able to comprehend.

This is telling us how huge the Internet industry is and Silicon Valley is the home for our Global Technological companies.

Did you know – silicon makes up 25.7% of the earth’s crust by weight and is the 2nd most abundant element exceeded only by oxygen. (8)

Did you know – there are people making lots of money on the internet – check this video
http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2014/08/08/making-six-figures-off-youtube-videos.html

Did you know – The four top technology companies have surpassed oil companies. 

Apple being the leader of the group, trumped ExxonMobile in 2015 in annual profits with “the biggest annual profit in corporate history”. (9)

2015 – Apple $53.4 billion profits. ExxonMobile $16.2 billion. (7)

Can we just stop, press the pause button and re-read?

We need fuel and this is an energy supplier. Yet our largest fuel company in the world is making 70% less profit than our multinational technology company. 

It has been said that some tech companies invest in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes.

Multinational Corporations use of tax havens allow them to avoid an estimated $90 billion in federal income taxes each year. (Citizens for Tax Justice) (7)

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The man who owns Microsoft has a net worth of $75 billion.
Mr. Amazon is around $45 billion.
Our famous Facebook inventor over $44 billion.
Mr. Google around $35 billion. (10)

The above simply confirms how big the Internet business is.

Whilst the Internet is of great value to many of us as individuals and for our business world, it also has the ugly stuff which most of us don’t really want to talk about.

Have we heard of –

Revenge Pornography
Sexting
Sextortion
Social Media Manipulation
Computer Hacking
Phishing
Pharming
Hate bloggers
Cyber-Bullying
Cyber-Stalking
Internet Trolling
The Dark Web

The Dark Web refers to hidden parts of the internet. It is usually used for illegal activity. (11)

2015 – 25% of the online safety cases received through the Child Focus Helpline were about sexting that had ‘gone wrong’.

2016 – A research study in Belgium called Apestaartjaren 6 found that 26% of the 12 – 18 year olds in the study had received a sext within the last two months. (12)

2016 – More than 200 people have been prosecuted in England and Wales in the last year, under a new Revenge Porn law that came into effect in 2015. (13)

Do we simply ignore these ongoing problems related to the Internet when we ‘celebrate’ how great it all is out there in cyber world?

Do we care about the victims whose lives are affected by cyber abuse?
WHY do the perpetrators have a licence to do what they want?
WHY are we the general public not viewing this as a serious crime?
WHY are we accepting these acts of abuse as normal daily Internet activity?

Does it take a suicide case for news to reach us about how serious these crimes are?
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/16/italy-grapples-with-suicide-of-woman-taunted-over-online-sex-video

John Carr, a leading authority on children and the Internet states that our social media giant, which is like a public utility for young people and plays a massive role in their lives “should be more energetically engaged in policing the content”.

There is of course the Transparency thing and the EU Law, which states that as long as the social media sites react quickly to complaints they are immune from liability. (14)

Internet Law

This is a not so clear as there is a unique nature to Cyberlaw.
We do not as a world have a ‘commonality’ when it comes to the Law and the Internet.
This is because the Internet is not geographically bound as this was never the intention of the inventors and this means that our national laws cannot be applied globally. There are a few international agreements that exist but there are those who oppose this and state that the Internet should be allowed to self-regulate as its own “nation”.

Did you know – there is blatant censorship of the Internet in China, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Iran.

If you would like to know more detail about the following – check this online law and government information site
https://www.hg.org/internet-law.html

Internet Regulation

Laws and current regulation and their shortcomings.

Architecture which is about how information can and cannot be transmitted across the Internet.

Norms refers to ways in which people interact with one another on the Internet. This includes certain activities that are allowed such as online forums where users can moderate comments made by others.

Market Regulation controls patterns of conduct on the Internet through the traditional economic principles of supply and demand.

Net Neutrality

This is about regulations of the infrastructure of the Internet itself. Everything that is transmitted across the Internet passes through private and public organisations which could be government agencies, telecommunications companies or universities. This has become an area of concern as different countries have different laws they want to implement that then affect the infrastructure.

Free Speech on the Internet

This is not something our world is united on. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees Americans a right to free speech but this is not in other nations. What the Internet has granted is the cloak of anonymity so others can have their voices heard.

There are countries who have made efforts to filter unwanted parts of the internet from its people.

We also know how there are many cyber abusers who use anonymity to seriously harm others, knowing they can get away with it in the name of “Free Speech on the Internet”.

The rise of the Internet means other areas of Internet Law are now hot topics such as Privacy, Fraud, Cyberbullying, Cyberterrorism and Intelligence Gathering.

Are there any social media laws and how are common legal issues dealt with when they occur on a social network?

What about all this posting of private photos – can we legally have them removed?

We all know that once an image appears online it is there somewhere in cyberspace even if we have it removed. That means there is a digital footprint that cannot be erased regardless of what we have to say. With the social media sites anything can be copied and reposted to plenty of other sites which makes total removal almost impossible if we are to be honest here.

Read more on this same website about –

Sex Crimes Involving Internet Interactions
Remedies for Cybersquatting
Legal Risks of Naming Specific Persons Online
Sharing Photographs: Excessive Copyright Demands
Privacy Laws and Social Media Sites
What is Your Liability if Someone Hacks your PC and Uses Information for Criminal Purposes?
Website Ripoffs

Note – each country will have their own Internet Law.

What this blog is presenting is some basic stuff and the questions –

Where is our individual Responsibility as an Internet user?
Do we have a moral compass inside us when it comes to using the Internet?
Do we have our own ‘Internet Laws’ and so what we think is what we do?
Do we think it is ok to do whatever we want until something goes wrong?
Do we choose to not be aware that we are custodians of the Internet?

What will it take for our Governments to criminalise such acts or do we need a ‘commonality’ where there are lots more cases before the Law is changed?

Top Ranking Internet Sites

So is anyone wondering WHY Porn and Sex sites are still amongst the top ten searches on the Internet according to a survey in 2014? (15)

2013 – 70% of men and 30% of women watch porn and the rates were increasing rapidly each week.
There are 450 million unique monthly visitors to porn sites each month.
2 out of 3 HR professionals have found porn on their employees’ work computers.

“We started our research seeking men in their twenties who had never consumed pornography. We couldn’t find any.”
Dr. Simon Lajeunesse, University of Montreal (16)

The NSPCC have seen a 60% increase in a year of the numbers of children, some younger than age 11 who were contacting them due to worries about seeing online porn. Some callers said that they felt ashamed and guilty.

“Young people are being exposed to extreme sexual acts online. Worryingly, some think that porn is realistic and want to act out what they’ve seen online.”
Peter Wanless, Chief Executive, NSPCC. (The i Paper, 17th October 2016)

Hello World

Just reading the above do we ever stop and question WHY porn sites are so popular?

Are these statistics giving us the real figures?
What about the underworld of Porn which we know does exist on our Internet?

If 2 out of 3 Human Resources professionals are finding porn on their employees’ work computers, what is going on that our staff need this during work time?

Could it be possible that porn is the new ‘safe’ drug as chances are you won’t get caught?
Could it be possible that porn gives us intimacy in the form of a false connection?
Could it be possible that some reach for a cigarette and others reach for porn?

WHY are our young children going onto porn sites?
What is the void, the gap in their life that is being filled with porn?
What is the future of an 11 year old who is visiting porn sites?
Who do we hold accountable for uploading “extreme sexual acts online”?

Do we blame those who make money from porn or do we look at why we demand porn?

Basic economics tell us that if there is a demand then the supply is there. No demand then that service goes so the suppliers are not able to make it a business because there are no customers driving the need to keep that service going.

So could it be possible that if we all started taking RESPONSIBILITY for our choices on the Internet then that would determine what sites continue to grow?

In October 2016, Facebook ranked as the highest search term on the Internet followed by YouTube.

Does this tell us where are priority is and where our focus is on a daily basis?
Do we ask WHY is Social Media getting so many hits every single day of our lives?

Could it be possible that Social Media is our new form of connection?
Could it be possible that Social Media is safer than real life connection?
Could it be possible that Social Media allows us to escape from life?
Could it be possible that engaging in Social Media is like our daily medicine?

Susan Greenfield, senior research fellow at Oxford University states that in 2014 there was a study by the university showing how ‘cyber-immersion’ is affecting humanity. The study found that people did not like spending 6 – 15 minutes in a room by themselves with nothing to do. They enjoyed doing mundane tasks more and in some cases they preferred giving themselves mild electric shocks – particularly the men – rather than sitting and doing nothing. WHY? People are used to constant stimulation and so would prefer to do something than nothing, even if it is negative. (The i Paper, 17th October 2016).

A study by Simbasleep found that 1 in 6 British people spends 2 hours in bed each night on Twitter and Facebook when they should be sleeping. (Metro, 5th September 2016) 

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – edition 5 (DSM-5) has identified Internet Gaming Disorder as a condition that warrants further research. It is not yet included in the main manual as a ‘formal disorder’.

Known as “gamers”, people who play online games compulsively end up excluding other interests. The ‘persistent’ and ‘recurrent’ online activity is said to result in ‘significant impairment and distress, putting their job and study functioning at risk due to the amount of time they spend playing. Gamers also experience withdrawal symptoms when pulled away from playing games online.

Studies suggest that when gamers are engrossed in games on the Internet, certain pathways are triggered in their brains in the same direct and intense way that a drug addict’s brain is affected by substances. Gaming causes a neurological response that influences feelings of ‘pleasure and reward’. In the extreme this can lead to addictive behaviour. (17)

Internet Gaming Disorder is most common in 12 – 20 year old males. (18)

Have we all heard of Safer Internet Day? (19)

February 7th 2017 with the theme “Be the change: unite for a better Internet”.

This day is celebrated globally to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

In the UK, this day is to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities.
2016 theme was “Play your part for a better Internet”.

Have any of us taken this seriously or are we doing the same same on the Internet since this awareness day in February 2016?

We are being asked to BE THE CHANGE.
Does this mean we as individuals need to take Personal RESPONSIBILITY?
Does this mean we need to live the change we want for the Internet?

Example –

If we do not want our kids on porn sites, then we need to ensure we are not secretly doing porn.
OR
If we subscribe to hate online and become a cyber troll, we need to be aware that this could one day happen to us or our kids or parents.

Are we as a world ready to UNITE?
Is a ‘better’ Internet a TRUE Internet that is safe for our children and young people?
Is ‘better’ one step better than how things are now?
Is ‘better’ as the dictionary says “satisfactory”?
Is satisfactory enough?
Is satisfactory a band aid to a bullet wound approach?
Is ‘better’ REDUCING what is really called for which is Truth.

Could it be possible that as responsible parents and adults we want TRUTH for our kids, our community, our elderly and the vulnerable in society?

Are we ready to be honest about our contribution to the Internet?
Are we open to the fact that we all are EQUALLY responsible for our World Wide Web? 

Would it be safe to ask WHY do we need these awareness days?
What is going on in our world that we don’t know about?

WHY has the internet become an unsafe place for our kids?
WHY are we not responsible for ALL our online activities?
WHY is the internet not supporting victims of cyber abuse?
Why is internet policing not really making much difference?
WHY do we have little or no research into real figures about cyber abuse?
WHY are our governments not united about Laws for the Internet?
WHY is cyber-crime escalating?

Cyber-attacks are threats to businesses through financial fraud, theft and the selling of stolen data and other valuable information. (20)

UK

Nearly £11 billion was lost to the UK economy in 2015/16 as a result of fraud including cyber-crime. This equals £210 per person aged 16 and over, living in the UK. People who had experienced online crime had lost an average of £523 each, more than the average weekly earnings in the UK. (21)

Cyber-crime statistics are under-represented. In a recent survey for Get Safe Online Day 39% of people said to have been victims of online crime had not reported it. (21)

The survey also found that 89% of people said that they felt cyber-crime was as damaging or more damaging than physical crime. (21)

In 2015/16 – Office of National Statistics said there were 5.8 million incidents of cybercrime. (22)

2.47 million were bank and credit account fraud.

1.36 million were through computer viruses.

600,000 incidents are estimated to have been due to unauthorised access to personal information through hacking of email, social media or other online accounts.

Fraud costs approx. 193 billion each year with half of the crimes against people in the UK committed abroad, making it more challenging for the police to deal with.
Chris Greany, City of London Police’s Economic Command Head (22)

Statistics from the fraud prevention service, Cifas suggests that identity theft increased by 57% in 2015, with fraudsters increasingly gaining access to people’s personal information through social media sites. More than 85% of the fraud cases that Cifas looked at happened online. (23)

In January – March 2015, there was a 31% increase on the previous year of people who were victims of ID theft. (23)

This video tells us how we can buy a credit card with a date of birth for £5.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36701297

Have we all heard of European Cyber Security Month?

This is the EU’s annual advocacy campaign taking place each October with the aim of raising awareness of cyber security threats, promoting cyber security among citizens and providing up-to-date security information through education and sharing of good practices.

See link to read their list of objectives, one of which says ‘to promote safer use of the Internet for all users’. https://cybersecuritymonth.eu/about-ecsm/whats-ecsm

What exactly does that mean to you and me the general public on the street?
What is safer use?
Is it safe to do something in secret as long as no one knows?
Is it safe to read about stuff that is harming us but we choose not to be aware?
Is it safe to become an Internet troll because we can?
Is it safe to cyber abuse people we don’t know just because we feel like it?

Is safer use telling us to be more Responsible when using the Internet?

WHY are we not campaigning for more RESPONSIBILITY and ACCOUNTABILITY for ALL Internet users across the world?

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Did you know – there are over 400 Social Network sites.

Here are the current statistics about some famous social network sites worldwide, ranked by number of active users. (24)

Facebook – 1,712,000,000 that is 1.71 billion active users per month

What’s App – 1,000,000,000 (that is 1,000 million)

QQ – 899,000,000 (that is 899 million)

Skype – 300,000,000 (that is 300,000 million)

Snapchat – 200,000,000 (that is 200 million)

LinkedIn – 106,000,000 (that is 106 million)

Dear World

Could it be possible that to see a real change on our Internet in a positive direction, we ALL need to be held accountable for ALL our online activities?

When Tim Berners Lee invented the World Wide Web almost 30 years ago he said
“This is for everyone”.

Could it be possible that he was telling us ALL EQUALLY to be responsible for how we choose to use the Internet as it affects all others?

The Internet was not to be owned by anyone or any company. It was for ALL of us equally to unite and be custodians.

Recl@im the Internet is a broad based campaign for action to challenge abuse online. (25)

This website gives some evidence of the different types of abuse that are taking place on the Internet which is the new street crime.

How is it that over a three week period over 10,000 tweets were found of an attacking nature coming from UK accounts, using the words ‘slut’ and ‘whore’? (26)

According to the largest teaching union in the UK, more than half of all teachers have reported receiving online abuse from pupils and parents.

The Revenge Porn Helpline has received almost 4,000 calls in the past year with cases as young as 11 years old. 

Is this what we call “freedom of speech”?

Do those who abuse think it is ok as there is little or no consequences for their actions as it is difficult to police most online activity of this kind?

How far have we come as a race of beings who are the most intelligent species on earth?

How far have we deviated from what the inventors of the Internet have given us all to use?

WHY do some of us think it is ok to use the Internet as a licence to do whatever we want?

Jess PhillipsMP for Birmingham Yardley states that young women are saying they are worried about speaking up and putting forward their ideas, because of the backlash from trolls and bullies online. She has had rape threats and her children’s lives threatened by people on the Internet.
https://youtu.be/ZXfukUNG-Xg

WHY is it that anyone who stands up for Truth are more likely to be the victims of cyber abuse?

References

(1) Cambridge Dictionary
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/internet

(2) Wolchover, N. (2012, August 21). What Was the First Website Ever?
http://www.livescience.com/34152-first-website-world-wide-web.html

(3) Number of Monthly Active Facebook Users Worldwide as of 2nd Quarter of 2016 (in Millions). Statista.com
https://www.statista.com/statistics/264810/number-of-monthly-active-facebook-users-worldwide

(4) (n.d). Internet Day
http://www.theinternetday.com

(5) (2016). Total Number of Websites. Internet Live Stats
http://www.internetlivestats.com/total-number-of-websites

(6) (2016). How Does Google Make Money? iWonder. BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z9x6bk7

(7) Liberatore, S. (2016, February 6). Watch in Real Time How Much Money Apple, Google and Facebook are Making Every SECOND
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(8) (2016, October 24). Silicon: The Essentials. WebElements.
https://www.webelements.com/silicon

(9) Titcomb, J. (2015, October 28). Apple Reports Biggest Annual Profit in History with Net Income of $53.4 billion
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(10) (2016). The World’s Billionaires. Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/list/#version:static

(11) (2016, October 20). What is the Dark Web and How Does It Work?
http://bit.ly/2f2uNMu

(12) (2016, October 18). Sexting Gone Wrong: Trust is Key in Preventing Secondary Sexting. Belgian Safer Internet Centre
https://www.betterinternetforkids.eu/web/portal/practice/awareness/detail?articleId=1265426

(13) (2016, September, 6). Revenge Porn: More Than 200 Prosecuted Under New Law
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37278264

(14) Topping, A. (2016, October 9). Facebook Revenge Pornography Trial ‘Could Open Floodgates’
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/09/facebook-revenge-pornography-case-could-open-floodgates

(15) Lubin, G., & Nudelman, M. (2015, March 11). Here’s What People Really Search for Most on Google
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(16) (2013, April 5). Porn Sites Get More Visitors Each Month Than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter Combined
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/03/internet-porn-stats_n_3187682.html

(17) (2013, May). Internet Gaming Disorder
http://www.dsm5.org/Documents/Internet%20Gaming%20Disorder%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

(18) Sarkis, S. (2014, July 18). Internet Gaming Disorder in DSM-5
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/here-there-and-everywhere/201407/internet-gaming-disorder-in-dsm-5

(19) Safer Internet Day 2017. UK Safer Internet Centre
http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2017

(20) (2016, July 7). NCA Strategic Cyber Industry Group Cyber Crime Assessment 2016. National Crime Agency 2016. Version 1.2
http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/publications/709-cyber-crime-assessment-2016/file

(21) (2016, October 18). Fraud & Cybercrime Cost UK Nearly £11bn in Past Year. Action Fraud
http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/fraud-and-cybercrime-cost-UK-nearly-11bn-in-past-year-oct16

(22) Travis, A. (2016, July 21). Cybercrime Figures Prompt Police Call for Awareness Campaign
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/21/crime-rate-online-offences-cybercrime-ons-figures

(23) (2016, July 5). Identity Fraud Up by 57% as Thieves ‘Hunt’ on Social Media
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36701297

(24) Most Famous Social Network Sites Worldwide as of September 2016, Ranked by Number of Active Users (in Millions)
https://www.statista.com/statistics/272014/global-social-networks-ranked-by-number-of-users

(25) RECL@IM THE INTERNET
http://www.reclaimtheinternet.com

(26) Staggering Scale of Social Media Misogyny Mapped in New Demos Study
https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yvettecoopermp/pages/424/attachments/original/1464200631/Demos_-_Misogyny_Research_2016.pdf?1464200631

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  1. Thank you once again Simple Living Global for laying the facts bare and allowing us to see what is truly going on. How can we honestly celebrate the internet when it is being used for so much harm and in fact without respect. My feeling is that the inventors of the internet’s intentions, was to have a global network that people all over the world could use to connect and communicate with – without borders – indicative of the fact that there are no global internet laws. Were they feeling the lack of connection in our world and the division and was this one way that they felt they could do something about it, so that people could unite?

    1. Great what you say here about respect. Common decency is first needed in our everyday life so we can then bring that to our Internet in the same way. WHY is it that we think we can be different on line to off line?
      BBC Radio 2 news yesterday had the inventor of the Internet talking about the UK now bringing in cyber laws which are much needed to police the activities that are going on.
      This confirms that as a world we have so much corruption and ugly stuff that needs to be stopped.
      We are far away right now from uniting as a world but each digital footprint like this blog and comment can make a difference if we know about the microcosm and how it affects the macrocosm.

  2. Our world is getting very dependent on the Internet . Most people would say that it is a necessity of life. I agree that it is an amazing tool, but is it really supporting a way of life that we want? This blog presents some of the facts that we don’t hear about or choose to not hear, about the Internet. Thank you Simple Living Global for presenting the truth as always.

    Like with many things that we have produced in this world, we should stop and ask if what we have is what we wanted and not just accept blindly that “Oh, thats just the way it is”.

    To me it is all about responsibility. What I create I need to take full responsibility for. Although we did not invent the Internet, we have created what it has become. Our economy makes what we ask for.

    It is time for us to take full responsibility for this world that we have created, that is the way we will change it.

    1. Top comment here Ken where you say ‘we did not invent the Internet’ but ‘we have created what it has become’. We ask for this and that and we get the suppliers. Now this could be drugs, more porn, people trafficking or whatever it is we want and there seems to be no stop, no guidelines, no end to what is possible. Our minds seem to override any common sense and our moral compass is not on the radar. This may sound way off but we all know this is true and it is going on.
      You are right it is high time we started to take RESPONSIBILITY for this world that we have created and we each need to do our bit if we want change and this instantly stops the blame game.

  3. When I read the Internet Regulation section of this blog it really highlights that ‘cyber-world’ is just a mirror of life on Earth, no different. The trouble is, because we can be faceless on the internet and anonymous, crimes online are more rampant as we adopt a ‘don’t care’ attitude. This statistic alone says it all ‘The survey also found that 89% of people said that they felt cyber-crime was as damaging or more damaging than physical crime.’ as it reveals the harm that cyber crime is causing. Thank you Simple Living Global, once again, for bringing this very important topic to the fore, allowing us to think more deeply about World Internet Day.

    1. Great point you make Shevon that our cyber world is a mirror of our life on earth – no different even if we would like to think it is because it suits us in some way.
      With technology so much more is now coming our way and most of us are just looking for the next thing and wanting more. The more never seems to stop.
      This ‘don’t care attitude’ you mention is something that we need to all stop and take note of. Could it be possible that if we ‘don’t care’ deeply and genuinely for ourself then this is the quality we put out there for others in this world.
      We seem to have this invisible licence when it comes to the Internet to do whatever it is we want and not be accountable in any way.

  4. For me the internet world is a magnifying glass which shows how we all are living and what we are creating together with our every personal choice.

    If the internet is where we let it ‘all hang out’, isn’t this an incredible opportunity to wake up and say “Stop” and “No” and “We don’t want to live this way; allowing abuse, avoiding our real issues, pretending we are “connecting’ when we are dying of loneliness… We don’t want to raise our children in this environment” ?

    If we are willing to be truthful here we may re-consider our “get-use-to-a-lessor-and-lessor-quality-of-being/way-of-life” attitude…

    We could start sharing more honestly on this world-wide-web and speaking up for what we all, deep down, want; a more loving, respectful and harmonious life.

    With deep personal honesty & responsibility we could choose not use it to magnify hurts and further harm.

    With a commitment to the Truth inside us all we could use the internet to bring ourselves closer together instead of to pull us further apart.

    1. Great comment Jo and you make some valid points here.
      The Internet is magnifying to us on a world wide scale what is really going on. We simply cannot get away with anything even if we would like to think we can.
      Honesty would be a great start and true actions speak louder than words and that is why Simple Living Global is committed to consistently deliver and present more awareness via this valuable medium called the Internet so humanity knows there is another way to live and it sure does not have to be full of fear, miserable and negative.

  5. Research in children and teenagers has found that there is a link with the use of media devices like mobile phones and tablets and poor quality and quantity of sleep. There was a clear association between children and teenagers using these devices at bedtime and their sleep being of poor quality, them not getting enough sleep and them experiencing excessive sleepiness during the day. Similarly children and teenagers who had access to these devices but did not use them at night were also noted to not get enough sleep, have poor sleep quality and experience excessive sleepiness during the day. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/313835.php

    1. Theses statistics about how use of media devices is interfering with children’s quality of sleep confirms to me what I feel when I see children using their devices throughout the day and even going to bed with them like they are teddy bears… that there is something about this new and widely accepted activity that does not feel healthy to me.

  6. I have been aware of many of the wonderful, amazing so called advances in our world that after 10 or 20 or 1000 years we realised caused more problems then they were worth.

    The automobile has killed more people then our modern wars. The environmental costs no one even knows. So is the automobile a good thing? At this point we are so addicted to our cars it would be very difficult to change.

    Many man-made chemicals have had side effects that if we had known about, we never would have allowed them into our environment.

    The point is we need to take more responsibility for our actions. The major factor that we look at when we want to produce something is, can we make money on it? We need to have another marker for what is considered good for our world.

    So are computers and the Internet really good for us? Again it comes down to individual responsibility, what we ask for the economy will produce.

    1. Correct Ken Elmer – supply and demand, which is what you are saying here that what we the consumer asks for our economy will produce.
      We want more internet distractions to keep our minds racing and busy more than ever – then that is exactly what our 400 + social media platforms can give us.
      We seem to get our entertainment, a kind of ‘fix’ a buzz so to speak from connecting on a screen and we crave more and so there is more out there now. The choices are endless and it is super easy to get hooked in and make it a way of life where you wake up checking the screen and the last thing at night before eyes close, is the screen.

      You mention making money and it begs the question – what would happen if those supplying and producing could not make big fat bucks?
      What if the world in the future had one currency and no one was better ranking or superior to another in status because of monetary wealth?
      What if our money was simply a form of exchange to first and foremost support ourself and the rest was to help others to EQUALLY have the same opportunity?
      In other words, no get rich quick business existed and having heaps of money does not mean anything at all?
      What if our Internet was used to not support those who are simply in it for their own personal greed?
      What if the Internet put an end to corruption because it has the power to do so?

  7. This is so true, Shevon. For me, there is a parallel here between the Internet and our planet: our oceans and the air we breathe, which each of us, ultimately, share. We are one planet yet we live on land surrounded by borders. Borders of control and regulation, much of which currently seems to ignore our shared, global responsibilities. If I’m a company in China, I may be able to pollute the air and the rivers without regard for the impact that has on the whole planet, but in other countries, I will be held to a higher standard of responsibility. What we each put out online is no different. We may be able to ‘get away with’ putting hate out there for example, in the form of cyber abuse, but that seemingly small part is undoubtedly polluting the whole. We are making today the Internet that awaits us in 10 years time and we will all have to lay in that bed together. That doesn’t sound much like getting away with it to me.

  8. A year long study by the English Children’s Commissioner, Growing Up Digital Taskforce, has found that children regularly sign up to terms by social media companies, including waiving privacy rights and allowing the content they posted to be sold around the world, without reading or understanding their implications.

    The Guardian report that only half of the eight to 11-year-olds could even read the terms, which ran to more than 5,000 words on 17 pages of text.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/05/children-england-digital-rights-social-media-terms-conditions-anne-longfield

    Where is our Responsibility in looking after our young in allowing this kind of exploitation?

    When I was growing up we were warned against the nice man on the street who would co-erce children at the school gates with sweets only to take advantage of them.

    Is this not the same?
    Have we just moved this harming behaviour on-line?
    Does it make it more acceptable or seemingly ‘less dangerous’ because this is coming from a large company?
    Do we consider this when we allow our children to use the internet?
    Are we aware as adults the extent of what is going on and how this is affecting our children?

    We each have a responsibility to call out abuse when we see, it whether it is from an individual or an organisation or within ourselves. It is only then that things can change. It is not down to the organisations alone but also down to us the users as to what type of on-line environment we command through how we live our own lives and the behaviour we allow both on and off-line, as in truth there is no difference.

    1. To be allowing companies to ask children to sign agreements, including the waiving of their privacy rights without parental consent would never be allowed off-line…

      …so what kind of phenomenon is this ‘on-line’ world that we allow such mis-use and abuse of people and children?

      As a humanity we are obviously not ready to be trusted to put people first in all that we do so we need to be discussing what is really going on for us all when it comes to the highly unregulated communal space we call the internet.

      If it is not what we want as part of our lives or our world we need to speak up and bring an awareness into everyday living about these insidious actions which could be called crimes off-line.

      1. That is so true: you can imagine the outcry if companies were handing out hard copy contracts and a pen for kids to sign.

        It reminds me of a few years back when the stats came out about how many under 13s were on Facebook. It was something like more than 1/3 of under 13s in the UK had a Facebook account, despite the ‘you must be over 13’ rule most of these companies have in place. The answer to that is to verify the identity of every one of your customers, rather than allowing people to lie about their age or identity. The technology exists to get this ‘know your customer’ stuff right and yet it is not being effectively deployed. One of the challenges is apparently that parents lie for their kids. Doesn’t this represent a call to collective responsibility? Isn’t it on the companies to do everything they can to make sure kids aren’t exposed to harm? Isn’t it on companies to engage with parents, knowing when they are contracting with a minor? Isn’t it on companies to take a fresh look at where we are, and not just based on where we’ve ended up today, but based on what we want for this and future generations? Isn’t it on parents not to just do what little Johnny wants for an easy life or because ‘everybody does it’ or because they haven’t bothered to make the enquiry? And isn’t it on all of us to expose this stuff by ask the questions; by discussing it?

    2. Contracts with minors are ‘voidable’ at the minor or their guardian’s election. Which as a company means you can contract with a minor if you want to, but if you try to enforce that contract against them, you probably wont be able to. Social media companies seem fine with this risk. Their goal is to have as many people on their network as possible. That’s it. The more people, the more ‘eyeballs’ against which to sell advertising. The bigger the numbers, the better the ‘reach’ of their influence. And if kids are into the product then it’s cool. If it’s cool, everyone wants to be on it. So you don’t want to turn away the kids. And in fact if you do, how would that impact your bottom line? This old article puts the impact at a reduction of 3.5% of the entire US market. That’s a lot of money: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/under-13-year-olds-on-facebook_n_1898560.html.

      And isn’t it the parents’ responsibility anyway? Well if so, isn’t it the parents who should be signing up to these T&Cs, not the kids? If you took your child to an offline activity, say gymnastics, the kid couldn’t sign up for that without the parents. Imagine the child turning up at the hall saying ‘here I am, my Mum’s fine with me signing up, look I’ve got cash, can I come in’. No, the gymnastics club would have paperwork to sign and they’d need the guardian’s consent. Why is it different online?

    3. “Does it make it more acceptable or seemingly ‘less dangerous’ because this is coming from a large company?” – what a great question. It has been well covered in the press that grooming happens online. That cyber abuse happens online. That personal posts about a person leave an eternal imprint online. Companies take steps on each of these, but cannot eradicate the risks. In fact, if you read the press for just a week, you’d see they can’t even get close. So were are we at allowing our kids to walk blind into this environment, trusting the companies to do the right thing by them? Are we just closing our eyes and hoping for the best?

    4. Thank You Shevon for pointing this out. This link is well worth reading.
      Bottom line is things are getting from bad to worse.
      We have zero real policing on the Internet.
      Lets get real this is a serious global issue.
      Is it time we stopped blaming the government?
      Is it time we demand that children are educated at a very young age about the internet?
      Are we as individuals are equally responsible for this?
      Is turning a blind eye as it is not one of our family enough or do we need to speak up?
      Are parents finding things too much with daily life so letting the kids do what they want online is what the problem is?
      Are we not engaging at the dinner table every single day and connecting with our kids the real problem?
      Is it time to ask for change but start by making some changes ourself in the way we conduct our life online and off line?
      WHY do we all seem to think that because it is on line it is somehow less serious than if it was on the streets?

  9. Yes, we need to ask if computers and the internet are realy good for our children. As a parent I noticed that when my children spent time watching TV or using the computer it changed their behavior. I used to call it getting “tubed”. They were more hyper and not themselves.

    When children are young they do not know that the things they see on the TV are not real. There body’s are reacting to the unreal images as if they are real. I feel that most TV and computer use is giving our children a false sense of reality.

    The internet has incredible potential if we use it wisely. We control what is available on the internet, what we ask for the internet will provide. It is time to take more responsibility for what we have created.

  10. Dear World

    This email business is big and most of us with any internet has one or more email accounts. The fraudulent emails are a big problem and most of us tend to have this ‘spam’
    thing going so we don’t get all the irrelevant, unwanted and intrusive messages in our inbox. But what if there was more we could do to stop this nonsense that clogs up our websites and inboxes daily?
    What if we reported the general junk category emails that fall into spoof, phishing or spam?
    PayPal are partnering up with their customers and have a spoof team where you forward your dodgy emails.
    They say that “approximately 90% of all email sent worldwide falls into the spoof, phishing, spam and general junk category. By us submitting our suspicious emails we are helping to address this problem.
    Could it be possible that if more of us were willing to commit and consistently take action, things may change?
    Could it be possible that we just think ‘whats the point’ and accept what happens?
    Could it be possible that doing nothing guarantees no change?
    Could it be possible that doing something confirms that we are saying no to abuse?
    Do we ever think of these ugly unwanted emails as abuse?

  11. 4th February 2017, The Guardian newspaper had an article asking whether Snapchat is the new Facebook.

    The paper states –

    1.2 billion Facebook users check their account every day. That’s about 65% of all of Facebooks’ active users.

    Snapchat has 158 million daily users with two-thirds checking the app each day. The average Snapchat user is said to check the app 18 times a day.

    What these statistics are telling us are that we are increasingly using social media. 18 times a day checking one app, let alone how many others we may be checking in one day, is a lot.

    As the writer of this blog asks – “Is it possible that Social Media is our new form of connection?’ ‘Could it be possible that Social Media is safer than real life connection?’

    Have we stopped to really contemplate what it is we are craving with the incessant need to keep checking our social media accounts?

    Is true connection what we are missing?

    1. Checking in to Snapchat 18 times a day! And I read recently we’re checking our phones something like 85 times a day on average: online a third of our waking time. It sounds so extreme when you reflect on it. Are we interested in WHY?

      There certainly is something about social media in particular.
      What is it about it that makes it so addictive? That keeps us hooked – incessantly checking in?

      Call me old school, but, for me, connecting with the man in the post office or the bus driver or the guy I see every morning cleaning the stairs in my office building is AS IMPORTANT as calling my Mum and dare I say they’re all more important than checking my social media feed.

      A colleague asked me yesterday what he should give up for Lent, instead of ‘how about gluten and dairy?’, perhaps I should have said ‘checking your phone’!

  12. A recent study has concluded that social media results in feelings of ‘social isolation’.

    Having done the study because ‘mental health problems and social isolation are at epidemic levels’, the study’s professors say they don’t know whether social media caused the social isolation or social isolation resulted in people using social media more. What they do say, though, is that “we are inherently social creatures, but modern life tends to compartmentalise us instead of bringing us together… and [social media] may not be the solution people were hoping for. ”

    What is happening if we are going online to be social and connect, but we end up feeling ‘left out’?

    Social media is such a huge part of our lives – is it time for us all to look at this?

    Here is the study: http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(17)30016-8/fulltext

  13. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-13/south-korean-children-seek-help-at-digital-detox-boot-camp/6769766

    How serious is it that we are sending our children to a digital detox boot camp.
    Audio on this link has the full story.

    What on earth has the Internet done that has led to this?
    Those who worked hard to start the Internet most certainly did not want it to become this a few decades down the road.

    South Korea is the most wired nation on earth and has the highest rate of Internet addiction in the world. The country’s children are spending every waking moment immersed in fantasy role play or gaming. One in 10 kids are addicts.

    This link is showing us that the South Korea government sees it as a national health crisis and is now taking drastic measure to help the country’s 2 million addicts.

    The bootcamp is to rebuild connections back to the real world and weaken ties to the virtual one to reclaim the childhood lost to the computer.

    Professor Kang Young says “It affects the frontal lobes which are important for critical analysis”
    In other words the addiction was damaging critical thinking.
    How scary and serious is that?

    Is a digital bootcamp a bit like a rehab for a drug addict?
    Is this fantasy world a drug for our children of today?
    Is there something deeper going on that we need to address?
    Would it be wise to read our International Youth Day blog?
    http://simplelivingglobal.com/international-youth-day/

    Lets get real – these children are going to soon be our adult population and if every waking moment is immersed in this false virtual world, it would be true to say we have a serious problem.

    We all know this is one news story and one country and of course it is going on worldwide.

  14. The statistics presented here are quite sobering, so thank you Simple Living Global, for another illuminating blog.

    The World Wide Web had the potential to be one of the most amazing and influential inventions throughout all of history, from the wheel to ‘slicing of the bread’.

    And, although it can be used as an amazing and influential tool, it is becoming more and more synonymous with abuse whether it is from cyber abuse, cyber bullies, pornography, fraud, greed, corruption or simply just checking out from life by constantly being on one of the social media sites or gaming sites.

    This dis-connection from reality and the anonymity the internet provides is fuelling the hate and vitriol directed towards people, in most cases people they don’t even know.

    If we know we can get away with something, we can say what we want with impunity irrespective of whether it is true or not.

    Who is at blame here?
    Is anyone to blame here?

    Is this the responsibility of the internet service provider?
    Is this the responsibility of the individual user?
    Is this the responsibility of the public to make their views known?

    Are all of the above ‘RESPONSIBLE’?——-The answer is YES.

    We all share the responsibility because we all use the internet and until the internet is used ONLY for the amazing and influential tool it was designed for, we all have a responsibility in standing up for the TRUTH.

  15. We have people from all walks of life using the internet in an abusive way. I read in a UK national newspaper recently the case of a bishop who had been found guilty of on-line harassment that was described as ‘relentless’.

    People of high social standings are not exempt from carrying out on-line and off-line abuse and so we do have to ask – what is going on?

    What role models are we if any of us are behaving in this way?

    What gets into us that we would be abusive to others?

    Is there some kind of self-abuse going on which means that on-line and off-line abuse are easy to carry out?

    More questions need to be asked as both abuse on and off-line are escalating and they do need to stop.

    Articles like these by Simple Living Global and the many comments on this website are essential in bringing more awareness to humanity, as the way that we are living is not part of our natural TRUTHFUL way.

  16. When we think of the words, ADDICT/ADDICTION/ADDDICTED, we immediately go to either alcohol, drugs, sex or even food.

    But what about TECHNOLOGY? – Things like, video games, apps, phones, social media sites, mass on-line games like World of Warcraft, on-line shopping or even just browsing the internet.

    The following link talks about how ‘Technology’ is the new addiction and that the technology is being invented with the purpose of causing addiction:

    https://www.musttechnews.com/technology-addiction-deliberately-us/

    Some people say that our ‘technology’ habits can’t be described as an addiction but looking at the dictionary definitions of the words addicted and addiction, it’s quite clear that technology CAN be considered an addiction.

    Addicted – “Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance.”

    Addiction – “The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or ACTIVITY.”

    I’m sure that when Tim Berners Lee invented the internet, he didn’t foresee people becoming addicted to its use and if this article has any foundation of truth, then questions need to be asked about why these addictive innovations are being allowed to be produced.

    1. It was pretty full-on, Tim, reading your post and realising that, if I’m honest, I am addicted to technology. I carry my laptop around like a pet and am never far from my phone.

      There is much here to look at and probably to change. Thank you for the look in the mirror.

  17. The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, is concerned about how the web is being used:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39246810

    One of his concerns is the proliferation of this ‘Fake News’.

    It seems there are some people who are creating fake news stories for their own benefit and gain.

    And yes, fake news has the potential to “spread like wildfire” and has very harmful consequences.

    But surely this is not just a modern issue?

    Hasn’t fake news been going on for as long as mankind has existed?

    Do we not tell people what they want to hear whether it is true or not?

    Do newspapers or media outlets tell both sides of the story or only what they want us to know based on their own judgments and perspective?

    Just because it is in a newspaper or on the news, does that mean it is the truth?

    Why do we need the constant stimulation that comes with these sensationalist stories?

    “The arrival of social media – and the fight for clicks – has meant real and fictional stories are presented in such a similar way that it can be hard to tell the two apart.”

    Is it possible that if we didn’t ‘click’ on these sensationalist stories, the media outlets would have to rethink what they present to the world?

    Is it possible that we can feel what is the truth or not but we are enticed by the excitement of the story?

    This ‘Fake News’ emergence is only possible because we are buying into whatever stories are being told to us.

    Where is our Responsibility in discerning what is the Truth and what is not Truth?

  18. I have been supporting these last few days with an incidence of revenge porn.

    It seems that sharing intimate photos of yourself is now pretty much standard practice and in the moment, little thought goes into the downside of sharing those images.

    It is no wonder revenge porn is becoming so prevalent. It presents such an immediate and effective way to thrash out when you are in pain. And it seems to be made worse by a sense of being untouchable behind online anonymity.

    It has been clear to see the hurt underneath the revenge and the downward spiral everyone goes into as a result, causing huge suffering.

  19. Government asking our website giants to block sites that sell prescription only medication reports the Daily Mail – 15 April 2017.

    An investigation found potentially dangerous drugs for sale without prescription from pharmacy websites which included abortion pills and a controversial acne drug linked to several teenage suicides.

    The Internet now allows us to buy within minutes prescription drugs like abortion pills, sleeping pills, cancer drugs, statins and antibiotics from online pharmacies where we are not warned of potential side effects or asked about our age.

    We all know that it is illegal to sell medication without a licence as there are regulations.

    Neal Patel of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, warned that tests on drugs sold from such sites had found they could be contaminated with other substances, including illegal drugs such as crystal meth.

    HELLO
    Can we just stop here and read the blog on this website, which talks in detail about the harm and dangers of crystal meth – http://simplelivingglobal.com/the-raw-truth-about-amphetamines/

    Who is responsible for policing our Internet?
    Are we just blaming the suppliers without looking at the bigger picture here?
    Are we ever going to stop this illegal trade that is growing under our nose?
    Are we dealing with the root cause by blocking sites or is there more action needed?
    Are we going to look at why our suppliers receive the demand to offer services online?
    Are we the consumer ready to question why we demand these drugs from the Internet?
    Are we using illegal websites because it suits us in some way?
    Are we bothered about the dangers and do we even think about the side effects?
    Are we not asking as it is easy with no questions asked, thank you very much?
    Are we ready to admit that we maybe the ones feeding this supplier chain?

    Are we ready to ask – ARE we as individuals using the Internet Responsibly?

  20. The UK Royal Society for Public Health has conducted a study on social media and its impact on wellbeing.

    The study has found social media to be more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol.

    91% of 16-24 year olds are using the internet for social media and it is causing anxiety, depression, self-identity and body image issues. Rates of anxiety and depression in that demographic have risen 70% in the past 25 years.

    70% in just a couple of generations. That is a huge rise.

    Are we listening?

    https://www.rsph.org.uk/our-work/policy/social-media-and-young-people-s-mental-health-and-wellbeing.html

  21. The world and its brothers know that the UK have just had the worst terror attack since the 7/7 atrocities in 2005.

    Reading in the London Metro newspaper yesterday – 24 May 2017
    Trolls spread fake posts about victims

    Images were posted of missing people which were totally made up. That’s what Internet trolls do and we seem to be comfortable in our complacency to have a shock moment and then just read it and accept it.

    How ugly has the Internet world become that some choose to use a tragic event to send a fake frenzy for no reason and the only purpose is to harm?

    Trolls never stop as they seem to find a way of tormenting others, abusing them or stalking them online. Their job is to make another person’s life hell and I wonder if the word Karma crosses their mind.
    http://simplelivingglobal.com/karma-karma/

    What if there is a universal law that most of us would conveniently not want to know about?

    What if it is called the Law of Oneness and that means the old saying ‘what goes around, comes around’ – call it the cause and effect we all know about?

    What if this Law of Oneness takes care of everything eventually so it catches up with us and we then have to be at the receiving end of what we put out there.

    Without sounding goody goody, I reckon it pays to live a life that has the utmost integrity and taking the Responsibility to not harm self or others or our precious planet.

    Of course without perfection as we all need to be reminded we are human, not perfect.

  22. Reading an article in a UK National newspaper it quotes a statistic of 89% of women aged 20-35 having taken naked pictures of themselves.

    The article is on Revenge Porn and one of the questions the writer asks is why so many girls and young women are putting themselves in this position, where by posing for naked pictures they run the risk of these photos being online. Great question.

    Sexting is endemic as we know from this article on World Internet Day by Simple Living Global.

    The writer of the UK National newspaper article acknowledges that this is all having a great toll on young people’s mental health. Young people are ending their lives through suicide as a result of sexting blackmail cases.

    Where I disagree with the writer is that they are saying that the men/boys are to blame.

    However what if they are just as much a ‘victim’ of something as the females?
    A controversial statement, but we have to always remember that if there is abuse happening in relationships both parties have allowed it in in some way.

    What if due to the way that we are raising our children our boys/men are lost as to how to behave in a truly harmonious and loving way towards women?

    What if they don’t have any true female role models from their grandmothers, mum, aunty, sisters, teachers at school, etc that show them how a woman lovingly respects herself and says no to abuse?

    What if our girls and young women are not shown how to respect their bodies and so we have a situation where 89% of 20 – 35 years olds are having naked photos of themselves taken?

    I say this as having allowed lots of harm into my relationships with men in the past, I recognise that there was no chance of me being treated with respect by them if in my day to day life I was not loving and respecting myself.

    There is certainly much more to look at with this Revenge Porn issue and any online/offline abuse between males and females.

  23. Globally, we are spending an average of 456.1 minutes each day consuming media and mobile internet usage drove much of that.

    456 minutes is 7 and 1/2 hours.

    That’s 7.5 hours PER DAY.

    The suggestion is we’ve reached ‘peak media’ as there aren’t enough hours in the day for it to grow much more.

    So I’m sitting here thinking:
    …Why are we zoning out for the equivalent of a working day?
    …What else could we each be doing with those 7.5 hours?
    …How much more productive could be if we didn’t waste so much time?
    …If we have all this time, shouldn’t we be spending at least some of it trying to help people, e.g. by writing blogs like this one?

    https://www.recode.net/2017/5/30/15712660/media-consumption-zenith-mobile-internet-tv

    1. Interesting comment here Jenifer with the amount of time we are choosing to spend on the screen and this ‘peak media’ stuff.

      So it would be true to say that for many the Internet is taking over daily life and seems to be escalating?

      Call me old school or a bit old but I choose what I want to search on the Internet and it sure is not rubbish or nonsense. It always has a purpose and most of the time it is to find information to write blogs on this website.

      I don’t know if anyone else has noticed but there are adverts flicking up on the screen non-stop and then there are videos of advertisements in the middle of you trying to read a medical journal paper that may hold some content of value to share with others.
      It is extremely off putting and no sooner do you get back to reading then up pops another few ads to your right visual field then at the top bar and on it goes.

      Utter utter waste of time if you ask me but as I question everything I had to stop and ask WHY on earth do we allow companies to do that to us?
      My take is that we are the consumers, the customers – the ones demanding more of this and that so they SUPPLY because of our DEMAND.

      If the world and its brothers (all of us) stopped paying attention or even watching an advert clip or buying stuff in this way then the marketing strategy of this kind would simply stop. Basic economics has told us from day dot about supply and demand.

      What we all need to at least consider is WHY do we need this constant ‘feeding’ of other stuff whilst trying to read?

      WHY are things just not simple anymore?
      WHY is there so much going on at one time?
      WHY can’t we go back to reading one thing at a time?

      By only focussing on one thing, could it be possible that we are more likely to be connected to what we are reading and not lose ourselves in the plethora of images on our screen?

      1. I really recognise this ‘constant feeding’ you talk about and the supply and demand point you make is exposing.

        How many of us think like that about life? Maybe it’s time for more of us to consider what we are feeding that is making our reality to be as it is.

        And I know I for one feed those ads you see on websites. The ones that know you’ve looked at a pair of shoes and then have that pair of shoes follow you around the internet when you’re working.

        The truth is: if you don’t feed the machine, it can’t advert stalk you.

        It feels like this is just the tip of the supply and demand iceberg. I wonder what else we’ll see if we really start paying attention.

  24. I have noticed at work this ‘constant feeding’ and distraction.

    Not so many years ago, it would have been rude to check your phone in a meeting but it’s now the norm. As is doing something on your laptop while someone is talking.

    What is the quality of our attention if we are doing this? How is it for the people in that meeting with us? How is it for those who are presenting?

    What is it doing to our brains and our relationships to have our attention split in 2?

  25. The Week – 8th July 2017, p.4

    More than 1 in 4 Britons have experienced on-line shopping scams.

    In a survey by Gumtree – 33% said they’d suspected the deal was dodgy but had been tempted by the bargain so went ahead regardless.

    Cyber crime is rife as this blog by Simple Living Global has pointed out and so it is our responsibility as consumers to be discerning when we are on the Internet including being astute to anything that feels/looks dodgy.

    Unfortunately, it is not just an innocent click of the button and can have grave consequences. In the past I had no clue that there were scams and to be honest I was not interested, but being caught by a scam because we are ‘tempted’ by a bargain shows us how much we can put our needs ahead of what we know is true.

    Is it really worth it?

  26. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0178480

    This research published in an academic journal dated 25 May 2017 is telling the world something that is serious and may be of great value.

    Problematic Internet Use (PIU) has been suggested as in need of further research with a view to being included as a disorder in future Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association, but lack of knowledge about the impact of internet cessation on physiological function remains a major gap in knowledge and a barrier to PIU classification.

    It is saying the changes are similar to those seen in individuals who have ceased using sedative or opiate drugs.

    PIU is a global issue and it is mostly among younger people and has been found to be associated with a range of psychological problems such as
    Depression
    Anxiety
    Social isolation
    Impulsivity
    Increased negative mood

    Cravings have also been noted for those reporting internet video game addictions.

    We can continue to read into this in depth study or we can simply re read this blog and join the dots – we are in serious trouble as our younger generations are becoming addicted to the Internet and these are going to be our future adults.

    Do we need to say anymore or do we simply need to stop and start asking questions, so at least things get out in the open for discussion.
    Saying nothing, doing nothing, expecting others to do something and just accepting this as some more bad news is not going to change anything.

    We each have a Responsibility and if we truly want change, then we need to take true action as it always speaks louder than words.

  27. You talk about giving our toddlers iPads to keep them entertained.

    Are we aware of the harm this can have on their development, mentally physically and emotionally?

    In this article in the Telegraph in April 2017
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/family/obesity-aggression-developmental-delays-what-tablets-and-mobiles/
    ‘Dr Mary Aitken delves into what impact all that screen time might really be doing to children…’ our time with the screen and our children’s.

    She talks of how we are looking at our phones rather than engaging with our babies and the impact this could have on their developmental stages.

    ‘What if that direct contact was in fact one-half or one-quarter as much as the days when my generation was raised?

    How will this seemingly small behavioural shift play out over time?

    Would a generation of babies be impacted? Could it change the human race? ‘

    ‘In Britain, an escalation of problems associated with pervasive tablet use among pre-school-age children has been reported by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, including developmental delays in attention span, fine motor skills and dexterity, speaking, and socialization — as well as an increase in aggressive and antisocial behaviour, obesity, and tiredness.’

    This is serious. Is it time we took responsibility with how, why, when and how long for, we use our tablets and phones and be the role models for our children in the use of them.. and connecting with each other?

    Are we being responsible for our future generations?

  28. Metro News – 25 July 2017

    The FBI have shut down the website which was labelled ‘the largest dark net marketplace in history’. To those of us on the street, the dark web is where dodgy stuff goes on – in this case it was selling illicit goods such as drugs and weapons.
    The owner died and £16 million has been seized.

    Question is – What was the purpose as this guy hanged himself in jail?
    What makes someone trade in this way under the radar?
    What is going on for these people that makes them trade online and get away with it?
    WHY are we just reading another news story but not making it our business to talk about it?
    Are any of us really and truly aware of the dark world on the Internet?
    Do we realise that this is economics as is everything today in our world?
    In other words – supply and demand.

    These dark websites continue to grow because there is a demand.
    We the public want something and they supply.
    No point blaming or saying they are they bad guys.

    We are asking for it and until we say NO to anything that harms, our dark web will continue to profit and remain a strong industry that destroys lives.

  29. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/20/dark-web-marketplaces-alphabay-hansa-shut-down

    News story dated 20 July 2017 – Two of the largest ‘dark web’ marketplaces for illegal and illicit items such as drugs and guns have been shut down.

    The network that allows all this helps users to browse the internet anonymously.
    It was considered the biggest online black market for drugs estimated to host daily transactions totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds.

    There is more but the question here is what on earth are we doing as a world watching all this go on and accepting it, as we simply read the next news headlines.

    Have we bothered to find out what the dark web is really about and what goes on?
    Do we care enough or have we got too much going on in our life to take note of the hidden world?
    Have we stopped for a moment to consider how many lives are ruined?
    How many are living against their free will in conditions that are far from normal?
    How many stand to gain and profit and at what cost?
    The huge cost to society in policing and investigations to track down these sites?

    But the most serious question is what have we as a world contributed to the Internet?
    This world wide web when it started did not forsee the uglyness that is currently going on and it is far from sorted. We each have a hand in what we choose to do with the Internet.

    Is it time we all started bringing in that word RESPONSIBILITY before we go tapping in the next search on our keypad?

  30. An article in ‘The Week’ magazine talks about how Germany has warned internet giants, including Google and Facebook, that they must do more to combat hate speech.

    The Justice Minister said that unless they start responding more swiftly to reports of illegal content on their sites, he will bring in legislation that would impose fines of up to 50 million euros (£44m) for violations of Germany’s strict laws on hate speech.

    In London, a Google executive admitted to MP’s that a video posted on its YouTube platform was “anti-semitic, deeply offensive and shocking”, but that it still didn’t breach Google’s rules of hate speech.

    For most of reading the above statement, our initial reaction would be something like: ‘WHHHAAATTT. How can something deeply offensive and shocking not break hate speech rules?’

    Is it possible there is an ulterior motive for allowing this diatribe on their sites?

    If something that is deeply offensive and shocking does not break ‘their’ rules, what could possibly be bad enough for them to consider a violation of ‘their’ rules?

    Is it possible that their ‘rules’ should be considered deeply offensive and shocking?

    If fining these internet giants millions of pounds is the only way to get them to look at the harm that is being caused by allowing videos, comments and blogs to be posted on their sites, then that is a good thing.

    But then, is it possible, that all it says about these companies is that money is the driving factor behind allowing this hateful content to be expressed and kept on their sites.

    The fining of these companies shouldn’t even have to be a consideration, common sense and decency should prevail with this type of abuse.

    This is a good first step in eradicating this unacceptable behaviour and maybe other countries will follow suit.

  31. Not sure if anyone has noticed, when you try and read something these days online, you are bombarded from all angles with advertisements flashing away to get your attention.

    How has our world wide web ended up like this and can we be honest and say most of us do get affected by this, even if we think we are not?

    I was trying to watch a video link and noticed the ads had no x to close them, so you had to go through them before you got to the video you want to watch.

    What I do know is things have got worse and the questions I ask are how come and what are we as individuals doing to contribute to this?

    There can only be a supply of these ads if we are demanding, so surely it is us asking and the advertisers supply.

    Ignoring them is not easy and not reacting is another one as I am sure it presses our buttons if not today then tomorrow when something really important that we need is online to be read.

    The word that comes to mind is RESPONSIBILITY.

    What are we doing to the Internet, that does not belong to any organisation but to ALL of us and how are we contributing to it if we put the word Responsibility in?

  32. BBC News – 23rd August 2017

    Identify theft is reaching ‘epidemic levels’.

    ‘These frauds are taking place almost exclusively online. The vast amounts of personal data that is available either online or through data breaches is only making it easier for the fraudster.’
    Simon Dukes – Chief Executive, Cifas

    The figures quoted are 4 out of 5 identify thefts occurring online.

    People are often not aware until they receive a random bill or they realised that their credit rating has gone down.

    Victims are likely to be in their 30s and 40s and not the elderly as previously thought.

    Identity theft is rife on the dark web with passwords up for sale.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41011464

    So here we have it confirmed again, the world wide web that is used by billions of people daily is rife with fraud and the figures are increasing.

    Why do we as human beings seek every opportunity to corrupt and destroy something that could actually be used for the true good of mankind?

    Have we asked WHY our own selfish needs get in the way?

    Why is our foremost viewpoint in life not on how we can unite, but how we can have more for ourselves regardless of the cost to others and society in general?

    We are not born that way and it is not part of our natural way, so what has happened and what have we allowed that enables this destructive behavior to take over?

    No amount of online security is going to stop the figures escalating.

    Could it possible that each one of us needs to be asking poignant questions to get to the root cause of why we have allowed the internet to be ruled by abuse and irresponsible behaviour?

  33. As someone who does daily research on the Internet for this website, I get a phone call at the office saying that they want to ‘trade’ with me.

    Having no idea what this guy was on about, he started raising his voice and his accent was so strong, I barely understood him.
    However, what I did feel is he was angry that I was not going to buy whatever he was trying to sell.

    My question to him that I kept asking was how on earth does someone get your phone number because you were researching on their website and it left me with “is this all really true?”.

    I felt a strong reaction in my body and my chest felt hard and I knew instantly that this call was not in my best interests.

    What is alarming is that how many of us in this world would fall for this type of call and what could it lead to? In other words what would the consequences be if we were not savvy enough to hear the alarm bells and say No.

    Our Internet is really no different to real life.

    If a stranger came up to us and claimed they know us and wanted us to trade with them, what would our response be?

    WHY are we all not seeing the Internet in the same way as planet earth, real life?

    With that comes a Responsibility, if we are going to be honest and do our bit. If not, this sort of stuff will continue to escalate.

  34. A massive data breach was exposed in the US last week.

    Caused by a sophisticated ‘hack’ of a company’s IT system, 45% of the US population is estimated to be affected.

    Swathes of sensitive personal data is now in the hands of criminals, including social security number, credit card information, drivers livence, date of birth etc. Everything needed to commit any number of crimes, including identity theft.

    As highlighted by this blog, the potential of the Internet as a tool for humanity is huge.

    As these massive scale data breaches show, there are also huge challenges.

  35. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-39232620
    BBC news story – 11 March 2017

    The Internet has gone to another level and there are now social video platforms for gamers that allow 24/7 live streaming for gamers to continue playing and get to the top of their game at the cost of their health. The sites have millions of active daily users.

    What does this tell us about what is happening to our Internet today?

    Are health guidelines going to cut it when a professional streamer who takes part in 24 hour gaming marathons says it would be too restrictive to cut down hours.

    We cannot point fingers and blame. If there is money to be made and the demand is there, then of course there will be those in business who will choose that form of investment.

    We the users need to look at what it is we want.
    If sitting for 22 hours without a break leads to a man dying, then do we need to wait for more research studies to confirm this or is a real life story enough proof for those of us who have common sense?

    WHY do we hang around saying we need more research when it is in our face and thIS news story is spelling it out to us?

    A guy died after playing 19 hours and another one died after playing 40 hours straight.

    How many of us could do that?
    Can we sustain an un-natural way of being for that long and expect to continue living?
    Are we championed as professional heroes if we can?
    At what cost to the human frame are we willing to go?
    WHY are we not policing our Internet?
    WHY are we ok just reading news stories like this, but doing nothing?

    No body or organisation owns the Internet and whilst this may be a good thing, leaving it up to ALL of us comes with a huge responsibility. So what are we all doing?

    We are all equal custodians of the Internet and what we put out there online does matter.

    Can we say we are doing our bit not to harm self or others or are we using it as a licence to do whatever we want because we can, without ever considering the consequences?

  36. I was thinking about the more more more culture at work – how much we expect from ourselves and our colleagues these days.

    A university has researched people’s experience in the workplace and found that we are struggling with the ‘always on’ culture brought by the Internet and device technology.

    They are recommending companies put in place measures to support workers to manage these pressures and to prepare for how technology will continue to influence the workplace in the future.

    They recommend workers have a regular ‘digital detox’.

    I wonder if there is more to study here.

    Why are we giving priority to Internet and workplace connectivity over connection to our own selves and wellbeing?

    http://www.bbk.ac.uk/news/workplaces-failing-to-tackle-always-on-culture

  37. http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/8014281/South-Korea-to-stem-digital-addiction-from-age-3
    South Korea to stem digital addiction from age 3.

    We could say this is an old news story as 5 years have passed but what is this saying to us.
    The government of heavily wired South Korea are taking further steps to curb internet addiction in youth.

    Do we all need to be concerned if an 11 year old was sleeping with her smartphone 5 years ago?
    Does it matter even though this young girl is not living in our country?
    Can we relate to this or is this a clear sign of what our youth are up to?
    Are we ready to start asking the WHY questions?

    The fact is she carries it with her all day, on the street, in school and in the restroom, as she is constantly typing messages to friends.
    Every hour she then taps open an application on her mobile phone to feed her digital hamster.
    She finds it stressful if she is out of the wireless hotspot zone for too long.

    Her obsession with being online is a byproduct of being reared in one of the world’s most digitally connected societies where 98% of households have Internet access.

    What is the real state of digital addiction today in this country and what is it globally?
    5 years ago South Korea government were providing counselling programs and psychological treatments for an estimated 2 million people to wean themselves from playing online games.
    Has anything changed?
    Have the figures gone up?
    Are the treatments offered not able to keep up with the rise in addiction?
    Are we on the front foot or any closer to finding out the Truth about Internet Addiction?

    “New mobile devices that instantly respond to a touch of a finger seem to make children more restless than before…
    Babies are in a stroller with a smartphone holder. Kids sit in the grocery shopping cart watching movies on the tablet computer.
    Educating children against digital and web addiction should start early because smartphones are their new toys.
    Kim Jun-Hee – Kindergarten Teacher

    Can we join the dots here?
    Babies are connecting to something that is not real?
    Who do we blame or point the finger at?
    Can we wait for governments to come up with solutions?
    Are we going to look at how we function really with this way of living?

    What is the Responsibility for parents?
    How are the parents choosing to live?
    In other words, is the Internet just a way of life and such a normal choice everyday that they don’t think a baby with a screen in front of it is going to be harmfull in anyway?

    The National Information Society Agency, estimates 160,000 South Korean children between age 5 and 9 are addicted to the Internet either through smartphones, tablet computers or personal computers. Such children appear animated when using gadgets but distracted and nervous when they are cut off from the devices and will forgo eating or going to the toilet so they can continue playing online, according to the agency.

  38. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40840823
    BBC news – 6 August 2017

    Children consuming online time ‘like junk food’

    Children’s Commissioner for England – Anne Longfield says parents should be proactive in stopping their children from bingeing on the internet in the summer holidays.

    Industry watchdog Ofcom said the Internet overtook television as the most popular media pastime for children in the UK.
    Children aged 5 to 15 are spending 15 hours a week on the Internet.

    If we are being honest is it just the school holidays or should we be taking action on a daily basis so that it does not matter if a holiday was there, things would remain constant?

    Do we as adults have to first and foremost look at the choices we are making when it comes to the Internet?
    No point imposing on our kids and telling them what to do, yet we do not live the same. We need to walk the walk and talk the talk, as the saying goes.

    To have real change and turn the tides, we each as individuals have a Responsibility with the choices we make and in this case it is about the use of the Internet. We have another world that can, if we allow it, dominate our lives and become our priority.

    What our kids do best is follow what they see us do.
    Those of us without children also have a responsibility in how we choose to use the internet.

    As this blog says, no organisation or individual owns the Internet so it is up to each of us to do our bit and not wait for things to get any worse.

    If what the Commissioner here is saying makes sense then it is no surprise that the digital world is a drug and it can lead to addiction and in this case with our children.

    How scary is it that our modern day world does little to support our kids to be truly met and nurtured for who they truly are and instead feeds them with screens of all sizes to keep them distracted and numb from their very essence. No blame here, as we are all part of this world and we each have a hand in what goes on.

    The suppliers will keep giving us what we demand and want. Things can only change if we start saying No to what we innately can feel is harming us and our children.

  39. The internet is what it is because we have created it so.

    But the companies that are using the internet to make a profit are censoring what it brings to put on there. They are not allowing some people (and censored whole countries) to post things because they feel they are too controversial. That may be ok but my point is if they can control what is being posted on the internet, why not put a stop to sexist and racist cyberbullying?

    The Internet is proving to be a powerful tool in our world.
    We have the ability to control what the Internet is. If we stopped using it for even a day, all the internet companies would be on their knees.
    We literally could tell them what we want.

    It all comes down to individual responsibility again.

    1. I like what you say Ken about the Internet being what we have created it to be.
      Everything is on there because we are demanding and just recently I have noticed whilst researching for valuable stuff to support this website, I get flashes, adverts from all corners of the screen and if I don’t keep the noise down there is the sound too. If there is a small x and I click to switch the ad off, another one appears instantly. All I know from experience is that it has got worse.

      Gosh what on earth is going on and how scary that you cannot just sit and read something that may be useful because of all the outer distractions.

      I can see how people end up buying online and hooking into ads as it just takes you off if you allow it.

      You talk about individual responsibility Ken and what a powerfull tool the Internet is in our world today. I agree with you.

      All I can say is Thank God I have a way of living that does not allow me to get sucked or drawn into the nonsense that is out there on our Internet but to use it wisely and with the utmost discernment to help me and others by way of writing and bringing more awareness about topics that our world needs to know about. In other words, having a true purpose.

  40. I am proposing that cyberbullying is causing some people to be afraid to express themselves on the Internet.

    I know from own experience as a child that bullys basically changed the way l was in the world, afraid to be myself.

    With the change in leadership in the USA there has been a rise in supremacy group activity. Is it possible that because of the cyberbullying on the internet, people that would normally express themselves are afraid to speak out about what is happening?

    This is very similar to the fear that was used to suppress woman and people of color in the past in the USA.

    I am feeling the power of my individual expression. What we say does make a difference and it is everbodys responsibility to speak what we feel is the truth.

  41. Things are stepping up with Internet Safety in the UK.

    Culture secretary Karen Bradley revealed a new Internet Safety Strategy on 11th October 2017.

    A news article in the Daily Mail on 10th October 2017 (p.4) revealed: social media companies will be the first to be told that they are to publish how many complaints they receive each year about abuse and the proportion of abusive messages that are taken down.

    All of the information will be available to the public and are to include the number of children, women and gay people targeted and how many people are targeted due to their religion.

    The UK Government hope that they will not have to force some social media companies to agree to publish their annual reports, instead trusting that they will all willingly co-operate.

    This is certainly a greater call to transparency and responsibility both of which I strongly support.

    Statistics in the article are quoted as follows –

    A fifth of 12 – 15 year olds came across something online that they found worrying or nasty in some way.

    Almost 50% of adult users said that they had seen something that had upset or offended them on social media.

    ‘MPs – particularly female MPs have also complained of the rising tide of online abuse.’
    We have one example in this blog by Simple Living Global of Jess Phillips – MP for Birmingham Yardley.

    The Daily Mail article closes with a poignant statement from the Culture Secretary
    ‘Put simply, behaviour that is unacceptable in normal life should be unacceptable on a computer screen.’

    This to me is simple common-sense.

    If we all chose to live this way the Internet would be a very different place with much more meaningfull and purposefull activity.

    Could it be possible that we would then have more websites like this one by Simple Living Global that have been created and written simply for the true growth and evolution of humanity?

  42. You hear so many stories of people being trolled on the internet just for simply speaking out. There are very few websites you come across that take Responsibility in the way they manage their website. Simple Living Global is definitely one of them.

    The UK government is not doing enough to bring cyber bullies to justice. Equally not enough is being done to support people that have been on the receiving end of Abuse.

    As a society do we sit back and say nothing?
    World it is time to wake up to what is really going on here!

  43. Yesterday, I did a search on the Internet for ‘ninja snakes’ because my brother was talking about them and I wanted to make sure whether they were real.

    When I did ‘real ninja snake’, because the snakes on the search ‘ninja snakes’ were not real, the word ‘real ghost’ came up instead from the search website.

    These ghosts were really horrible and one was really scary. I didn’t want to look at them and I was thinking about them in my sleep last night.

    That should not be able to happen, especially if you are on ‘safe search’.

  44. An article in the Daily Mail, 18th November 2017, talks about how, “We’ve ALL been hacked”, and cyber criminals have sold your details, warns police chief.

    Almost all of us have been hacked and had our details sold on the Dark Web.
    (The Dark Web is a term that refers specifically to a collection of websites that exist on an encrypted network and cannot be found by using traditional search engines or visited by using traditional browsers. Almost all sites in the Dark Web hide their identity using an encryption tool as many sites buy and sell recreational drugs and a lot of other dangerous goods).

    A chief constable who leads the National Police Chiefs’ Council on cyber-crime issued the warning over rampant computer hacking as he urged firms to come clean to customers when their security has been compromised and revealed that he himself has been personally targeted three times by thieves who stole his name, date of birth, address and email.

    He said that Russia was the worst culprit, bombarding the UK with ‘state sponsored’ or ‘state permitted’ criminal attacks on a daily basis.

    At a media briefing he said, “I can almost guarantee that every single one of you around this table has had a data breach against you and that some of your personal data is held somewhere on the Dark Web and is being sold or traded.”

    The daily attacks are costing billions a year and online fraud is now the most common crime in the country with more than 5.5 million cyber and fraud offences taking place each year.

    The head of the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), warned the scale of fraud from stolen bank details was now so vast that banks will soon have to stop refunding affected customers because they can no longer tolerate the losses.

    Hacking has become hugely profitable – nearly half of UK businesses suffered a cyber breach or attack in the last year, while in May, the NHS was crippled by an attack.

    Police have called for mandatory cyber security on consumer goods after a huge rise in internet-connected domestic products including TV’s, fridges and even kettles.

    There is no doubt that the internet is a great tool if used with the intention it was created in but as with all technology, it is open to abuse.

    Of course, it would be very easy to portray the internet as the bad guy when we fall foul of its darker side but is it possible that we are the creators of our own woes?

    Is it possible that our need/desire to have things sent to us, to have the luxury of going shopping from our own homes, is fuelling cyber-crime?

    Is it possible that demanding large internet-connected domestic goods is making it easy for those who wish to commit cyber-crimes?

    Is it possible that being able to buy internet-connected domestic goods is just going to push prices up because of all the extra security needed?

    Why do we need TV’s, fridges, kettles or any other domestic good that is controlled by the internet?

    Like all things in life, it is not the ‘thing’ that is bad, dangerous or unsafe.

    It is not the internet, banks, insurance, guns, knives, vehicles etc. – it is the person behind it.

    We are the ones that make the world as it is.

  45. Are we afraid to look at the truth about the internet? Our world is basically addicted to the internet. What would happen if someone could hack into the internet to the extent that, we would have to shut it down?

    I imagine that we do not want to go there, we are so dependent on the internet, it is beyond imagination the repercussions of that happening.

    Is this the next form of terrorism?

    It is already happening with cyber-abuse, identity theft, and banking fraud.

    What will it take for us to take responsibility for what we have created?

  46. Daily Mail – 18 November 2017

    Children are to be taught how to recognise fake news on the Internet.

    The Government strategy document said it is important for children and young people to be aware that not everything they see and read online is real. Being able to distinguish between factual and fabricated content is a critical skill.

    So these fake news lessons form a part of the Government’s Internet Safety Strategy which is seeking to enhance children’s critical thinking skills.
    This comes after a survey in 2016 found more than one in four children, aged 8 to 15 agreed that if Google lists information then the results can be trusted.

    We all know the Internet is plagued with false information and we need to learn to discern, what is Truth and what is Not.

    Sounds simple and achievable but is it really?
    Are critical thinking skills the answer?
    Are we relying on a government strategy that aims at wanting something to work?
    Is there something missing here?

    Do our children need to learn how to connect to their body so that they can feel when they read something whether it is truth or not?
    Do we need a marker that is going to serve us as we grow up to ensure we can tell the difference between truth and lies?
    Do we need to live in a way that is about making daily choices that support us to simply know when fake news is on our radar?

    Is this a RESPONSIBILITY we as adults in the community, parents and elders need to develop so we can help our children?

    Are we ready to admit that maybe a strategy, however great it sounds may not be getting to the root cause of WHY we are not able to know the difference between truth and fake news?

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