"We Were Asked to Give Our Opinion Regarding the Dangers of the Internet"
The most frequent questions asked on the subject:
Q. In this recent period, there has been a heightened awareness regarding the dangers and disasters caused by exposure to the Internet. Is the situation really as critical as they make it out? Isn't it exaggerated out of hand?
A. After dozens of years of working with the public and being privy to hundreds of tragic cases which reach our attention and plead for help, it is absolutely clear to us that the use of Internet which is not properly blocked off definitely leads a person to very distant areas and causes tremendous damage, far worse than we have seen before in the past fifty years.
Q. Is there a difference between adults and youth, or between men and women regarding said damages? Isn't an older, mature person, more immune to those threats?
A. Unfortunately, even firmly morally established people with a mature and serious view on life, who thought they were impervious to the threats, have been trapped in the Net and have lost out on both worlds. These victims include men and women, young and old of all ages.
Q. In which areas do the dangers directly or indirectly affect those who avail themselves of the Internet?
A. The use of unfiltered, unmonitored Internet has a detrimental affect both spiritually, emotionally and socially. Exposure effects all systems of a person with long-lasting damage, and even after such contact has been stopped - harm which is very difficult to repair.
HaRav Simcha Cohen
HaRav Nachum Diamant
(The above statements are part of an upcoming pamphlet, `The Cry of Truth' (in Hebrew) compiled by Rabbi Tzvieli Ben Tzur.)