You may have noticed; not everyone views the web and social media the same way. A stakeholder is a person or group that has an interest, concern or is affected by a particular thing, idea or organization. In the case of the internet, almost everyone in the world is a stakeholder. But that doesn’t mean we are all impacted the same way. For purposes of this online program, we will refer to three groups:

  • Kids - ages 10-20 (no disrespect intended)
  • Adults - age 20 and up
  • Predators - consisting of both adults and kids

Internet & Law - Catching Up

For most of you taking this course, the web and social media have been around your entire life. However, historically speaking, the internet is a child. Facebook and Twitter both became available to users throughout the world in 2006, the first iPhone in 2007. 1

FACT - It takes 10 years or more for laws to be passed in response to new technology. For example, when cars were invented, there were no speed limits or drunk driving laws. After years of people getting hurt/killed and the same people repeatedly committing the same harmful acts, laws were passed to protect victims and their families. Hence, laws for misuse and abuse of the web and social media are just now catching up.

By the end of this program, you will see how this affects you!