SM BP1: Issues relating to internet usage

Main issues relating to general internet usage

  1. Cyberbullying- Cyberbullying is a big issue as some people on the internet generally feel the need to bully other people for various reasons. This use of the internet can effect anyone in different ways, across different platforms, leading to problems for a range of people. The victim of cyberbullying can be any age, but the main risks are young children and teens, who are pressured by people online over different platforms, creating problems for them and others around them if things get out of hand.
  2. Propaganda- This is an issue as the internet is one of the main and most used media sources in current times. Anything on the internet can be used as a means to influence and change a persons opinion on a certain subject matter. This is shown in recent times with terrorism becoming a major problem in the world and some propaganda is reaching and changing peoples opinions over the internet.
  3. Pop-up ads- These ads are issues for many reasons on the internet. One reason is that the ads could contain viruses and spam that can corrupt a persons device if they are clicked on as the ads that are online aren’t always reliable and legal, they also could take money away from the user with just one click. Another reason is that they can contain advertisements for explicit content that isn’t aimed at children, although they can appear on any website and a child could find and access these adverts. The final reason is that they pop-up frequently on any device and annoy the user, which can also cause the device to freeze if constant ads keep appearing.
  4. Privacy-One of the biggest issues on the internet is privacy. The things that people post and upload to the internet can be viewed by anyone as they are online and worldwide, meaning that private things in your life could be found and viewed by anyone around the world. This means that any content that you share should be thought about before being posted, as people will be able to find and view these items and use them against you at their will. Even if you have privacy settings set or you delete something you posted, people can still find a way to access the things that you have posted on your parts of the internet.

Dangers of the internet video

The rapid changes to society and the internet is fast, meaning that more and more people began to use the internet fast. The amount of users increased from 1% of the population to three billion in twenty years.

We are addicted to the internet. We use the internet more than we make interactions in real life, as we constantly check the internet and avoid human interactions, and use what the internet has to offer for a large amount of our daily time.

There’s also a large amount of content on the internet on offer- a large amount of content is posted daily on the internet. Facebook users share 2.5 million amounts of content a minute, Tweets are posted 300,000 times a minute, YouTube has 72 hours of video a minute uploaded, 200 million emails are sent a minute and 50,000 apps a minute are downloaded on apple. 5 exabytes of content is created every two days. Google makes 2.5 billion searches every day. Our attention is made towards sponsored sites when we make one of these searches.

Privacy is constantly under threat as cookies and phones keep track of every movement we make in real time and online. Every year, £5000 of data is created on the internet, which is sold to companies and stored together to keep a track on our lives. Facebook knows things before people in your life does. 70% of people fear how much has already been shared on the internet, allowing people to be scared if someone or some company is spying on them.

Online crime is becoming out of control. Normal crime rates are falling against the amount of internet crimes that are being made. 69% of young people in the UK alone have experienced cyberbullying.

The internet is meaning that we are less likely to interact deeply with people and remain emotionally connected to real life people, keep our critical faculties alive, to stop thinking that the answers always lie ‘out there’ and are always on the internet to be answered and to make the discoveries that come when we are bored and letting our minds lie.

Social Media Issues

The main issues with social media are:


-Cat fishing


-Pop-up ads





Legal and Ethical issues

Privacy- global phenomanon means its hard to regulate it, means sometimes national laws and regulations can’t be applied to all websites that have.

Defamation-  This means you can say something about someone, and if that person says its not true, then the person can fine the person that made the comment.

Anti-terrorist- your not supposed to be promoting terrorism using the internet

All laws can’t easily be applied to all websites, such as a law in the UK cant apply to one in another country.

Cybercrime can’t be prosecuted when the issue spans across the globe and identity can not be proved to be correct for a person.





SM BP2: Evaluation of a range of websites



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Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website founded by David Karp and owned by Yahoo! Inc. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog.

Advantages: Easy layout to find items, simple and easy posts to read, good search tool to find what you are looking for.

Disadvantages: Posts can’t be as long as you would want them to be. Doesn’t allow the layout to be changed and menus to be created.




Instagram is an online mobile Photo-Sharing, Video-Sharing, and Social-Networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr. The maximum duration for Instagram videos is 15 seconds.

Advantages: Simple layout. Easy to follow and find the things you’re looking for. Long descriptions can be made on posts. Comments are easy to make.

Disadvantages: Doesn’t allow long videos to be posted, a mobile only service, no layout change to a page, no menus so its hard to find old posts, videos that are posted can only be short.



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WordPress is a free and open-source content management system(CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. WordPress is installed on a web server, which either is part of an internet hosting service or is a network host itself; the first case may be on a service like, for example, and the second case is a computer running the software package An example of the second case is a local computer configured to act as its own web server hosting WordPress for single-user testing or learning purposes. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. WordPress was used by more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites as of January 2015. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites.

Advantages: Posts are blogs so they can be as long as you like, can customise all settings of your page, can create well laid out menus to structure things. Easy features to set a simple layout. Any media can be used on the posts.

Disadvantages: Not easy to create all menus to order and structure the more advanced parts of the site, limited amount of features to work with.



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Wattpad is a writing community in which users are able to post articles, stories, fan-fiction, and poems, either through the website or the mobile app. This gives people the chance to have their creative works available to a wider audience. The content includes work by undiscovered writers, published writers, new writers, with all users being given an equal chance to write popular works. Users are able to comment and like stories or join groups associated with the website.

Advantages: Able to post any form of media on the site, the website is made for text so anything and any amount can be written, easy structure and layout.

Disadvantages: Is mainly made for writers and authors, can’t post documents to the posts, posts are in the form of a novel chapter, limited amount of features to work with, not much customisation for the overall look of the site to make it look appealing.



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YouTube is a video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States. The service was created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005. In November 2006, it was bought by Google for US$1.65 billion. YouTube now operates as one of Google’s Subsidaries. The site allows users to upload, view, rate, share and comment on videos, and it makes use of WebM, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, and Adobe FlashVideo technology to display a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media video.

Advantages: Can post any videos to the site for people to see, can be used to link in to other sites posts, a description can be added, comments can be made on the post, easily accessible to anyone, easy layout.

Disadvantages: Not as structured as other websites as they aren’t posts with text, page cant be styled or ordered in a simple and easy way, no still images can be used as they have to be videos.