As Internet involvement increases, so do loneliness and depression—especially among middle and upper class males.

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It is clear that there is a need to protect one’s children from the distractions and corrosive elements of the net.

Limitations to Internet access, the use of filtering software and pre-filtered Internet providers, placement of computers in highly visible areas of one’s home are all good ideas.

A whole genre of studies describes the damage Internet involvement can wreak on academic performance.

Although many parents help their children get online in order to bolster grades, research reveals that more time spent online translates into less time spent reading books and worse study skills.

Studies show that those most likely to get into trouble are not deterred by limits on Internet access.

Given the net’s ubiquitous presence, they will find a way to get online—at the local public library, if not elsewhere.She says she feels uncomfortable providing such material for the public, but so far Federal courts across the country have ruled that banning the Internet from public institutions or even filtering its contents “offends the guarantee of free speech” and “restricts First Amendment rights.” Garvey complains, “For me, this has been one of the most challenging issues of my career.We all want to do the right thing, but it’s not clear what the right thing is.” Garvey, like most people of conscience, is morally confounded by the technology that links together nearly half a billion people in a “Worldwide Web”—a global village—allowing instant, anonymous exchange of uncensored text and images.In most of these tragedies, visits to explicit sites, or extramarital relationships forged over the web, destroyed mutual trust and ripped the marriage apart.Sadly, I have seen first-hand in my counseling practice that the Jewish community is not immune to this plague.For example, the web hosts thousands of pornographic sites—offering material that is as explicit and generally more violent than what is found in print publications—the cyberspace equivalent of a singles bar.