So far, the Internet has had a remarkable impact on society. Although it has made life easier in many ways, the issue that has led to a great extent of debate is whether the influence is positive or negative.
Some of the negative effects include easy access to pornographic sites with little or no restrictions in terms of age limit. This compromises the safety and moral values of the young children having access to the Internet since in most cases it leads them to sexual addictions. The Internet has also facilitated cases of paedophilia since paedophiles use the Internet to target innocent children who are online. In 2007, a study in Britain showed that this is the number one reason why children under the age of thirteen are becoming susceptible to rape and sexual abuse. Internet crimes have also been reported to be on the increase. The effect of this is not only felt by the fraud victims, the law enforcement officials also have a hard task in catching and punishing the people responsible because the Internet enables the crime to be committed in different geographical areas.