The internet can be both helpful and hindering to people of all ages.  For children, the internet provides a vast library of knowledge.  Students literally have the world at their fingertips.  Any topic can be researched at any time, day or night.  The internet also makes learning the textbook content more interesting by offering games and short videos that students may watch and interact with.  For adults, it is still a wonderful resource for information about diseases, world news, parenting tips, and many other things.  Again, adults, like children, can research any topic at any time.  There are also games on the internet, as well as forums and groups, that cater to the interests of individuals.  Many adults choose to shop online instead of going to the mall or department stores.The internet, however, can be harmful to children and adults in quite a few ways.  Online predators are always out preying on children who will willing give away their personal information.  Children may also "stumble" across sites that are inappropriate for them.  Some problems for adults that are caused by the internet are pornography, lack of real-life relationships, laziness, and gambling.