Another glimpse into how we fear the internet comes from the latest National Poll on Children's Health, conducted by Michigan's CS Mott Children's Hospital. Parents rated the internet as one leading threat to their children's health. It's in the top ten:
Internet safety is a relatively new health concern in relation to other health issues...
Note the gendering:
Women were more likely to rate it as a big problem; 32% report Internet safety as a big problem compared with only 21% of men.
For one interpretation, consider TechCrunch's wrath:
US parents rate Internet Safety as being a more serious health threat to children than school violence, sexually transmitted diseases, abuse and neglect.
Yes, the Internet.
No, I’m not kidding.
How does this impact higher education? For one thing, responses to such fears will shape (are shaping) the experience of students in K-12, who are becoming traditional-age college students. For another, public policy often responds to fears of technology, as we've seen for a while, and such policies certainly hit campuses.
(via Ars Technica)