The phenomenal growth of the internet, and the proliferation of means by which young net-surfers can access it, continue to create problems for parents and school administrators. Or do they? Is it the expanding technology that generates complaints, bitter disputes, and even lawsuits—or is it the way we are using it?

The experience of dealing with television's influence on students should have alerted us. After all, the computer monitor is a look-alike cousin of the electronic Cyclops that brought us Saturday morning advertising blitzes disguised as cartoon shows.

The generation that has been online almost from birth...

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