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Is internet harmful? or is it safe?
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Posted 12/6/12 , edited 12/6/12
Depends on what you download & what types of sites you go to. And security wise- if you have an antivirus or not (a decent one, it doesn't have to be paid)

For example, if you download lots of warez, without examining the file or the file size, then you are 10x more likely to download a bad file which contains malware/ransomware/all kinds of viruses and etc. Also, if you visit less secure and more 'questionable' sites without a reliable adblocker (and a script blocker), then you're also more likely to get infected.

As for offensive content on the internet, it's on a ton of sites.

Everyone has their own definition of what 'offensive' is, but to be broad, if you want to avoid questionable stuff, don't visit:
- Certain sections of imageboards (specifically /b/ on 4chan)
- Porn sites
- Encyclopedia Dramatica

Point taken, most kids don't venture beyond their normal sites (game playing sites, barbie, etc) and stumble upon bad stuff unless they want to do it intentionally.

Though yes, kids sometimes do wander onto dangerous/nude/whatever sites and open pr0nz stuff accidentally (it happened to me at 10, one of my friends had a twin brother who'd downloaded a less than appropriate video and I clicked on it out of curiousness. Saw a few minutes, flipped out, and deleted all traces of it)

The internet can be both harmful and harmless depending on HOW you use it.
Posted 12/6/12
Is smoking harmful?
Posted 12/8/12
yep, depends.
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