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What is the Internet?
The internet is a global computer network which allows users to access and share a variety of information and to communicate with other users and their computers. It allows people to send emails, play online games, search for information, make payments and receive money. However the internet only sends and receives packets of information it does not contain the infrastructure and programs needed to read or send emails or game information. Only the ability to send the information.


When was it developed?
The internet was first developed in the late 1960‘s and the first workable prototype was called ARPANET which stands for Advanced Research Projects Agency Network and was developed by the US Department of defence.


Why was it developed?
The internet was developed to be used a remote communication between computers. It was first developed by the American military during the cold war and was used as an early warning system.



What is the WWW?
The World Wide Web is a system of interlinked hypertext documents that can be accessed via the internet.


When was it developed?
It was developed in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee a British scientist at CERN.


Why was it developed?
It was developed to meet the demand for automatic information sharing across the world between universities and their scientists.



Other Uses for the Internet
The internet has many uses not just email. Here are just a few;
1. Online gaming
2. Research and homework
3. Blogs
4. Social networking
5. Chatrooms
6. Forums
7. VoIP (internet telephone)
8. Shopping
9. Listening to music
10. Reading online book
11. Watching online videos
12. Looking for holidays or concert tickets
13. Keeping up to date with news and weather
14. Watching “catch up” television
15. Satellite and mapping services
16. Travel sites
17. Live web showing other parts of the world
18. Almanacs and encyclopaedias.
19. Job-Seeking
20. Television



Pros & Cons of the Internet
The internet has many good points, but also has brought problems.

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Pros – good points Cons – bad points
Communication
This allows you to organise events and find out information from friends or strangers. It also during the war allowed the military to send early warnings and important information safely and securely. Its Fast, Cheap and Reliable
The cons of communication on the internet are that you may not be talking to who you think you are and so people can obtain information about your plans when you don’t want them to. It also means people can cyberbully.
Information
This allows us to research information for homework and leisure. It can also help you to find out about a country you are visiting or a town you have never been to.
The cons of information being sent over the internet are that some sites like Wikipedia can be edited and change to contain the wrong information and as the person who created the web page may not know anything about the subject at all so they may be supplying you with the wrong information. It means people get lazy and there is so much information.
Entertainment
The internet allows you to pass the time through watching movies and playing games
The cons of this are though that the game or movie if you download them could contain virus or Trojan which can disable your computer and or access all your private information.
Banking
This is quick and normally secure and allows you to transfer money quickly without having to leave the house.
The cons of this are that if you use the wrong website or the website is hacked all your information could be stolen and so someone could spend your money without you knowing.
Shopping
This allows you to buy items of the internet that you might not be able to get in stores or from another country. It allows you to buy items without leaving the house. its quicker, easier, cheaper, wider choices.
The cons of this are that you could as with banking have all your money stolen and your credit card details published or used to buy items.
Online maps
The maps allow you to find out about the location of places and routes to there.
The cons of online maps are that they may not have all the places or streets you want to visit on them or someone could access that information and find your location and track you down.
Hyperlinks
They allow you to quickly navigate the internet and find places that are similar to what you have already visited or give you more information or the source of the data.
The cons of hyperlinks are that they can be changed so they may not lead you to where you expect them to or may not lead anywhere at all.
 




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