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Essay: The use of internet among children brings many negative effects.

The Internet is a new and innovative medium that can completely change the lives of people as
much as television did in the 1950s and 1960s. The Internet changes peoples lives in terms of
reaching, disseminating, creating, and evaluating a huge amount of information easily and
quickly, communicating with many different kinds of people separated by space and time, and
reallocating time for their daily activities. In addition, the internet contains many opportunities
which provides, facilitates, diversifies, enriches and develops human living nowadays. Through
various types of Internet uses, such as, e-mail, newsgroups, and chatting, the way people
communicate is also changed.

Internet was defined as a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the
standard Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide. It is a network of
networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government
networks, of local to global scope, that are linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless and
optical networking technologies. The internet carries an extensive range of information resources
and services and can be used as a means of communication.

The impacts of internet usage among children are particularly interesting issue to be
studied for several reasons. Internet is at the heart of a new generation, called the Net generation.
According to Don Tapscott, the Net generation consists of babies still in diapers to people who
are in their twenties. Digital media surrounds the Net generation, who are savvy new technology
users. The Internet is an essential part of the Net-generations lives. Unlike their parents, this

generation doesnt have any fear toward the new medium. The Internet is not even a new
technology for youngsters. It is natural element of childrens lives. Moreover, the number of kids
and teens who are using the Internet is growing fast every year. According to Nuas Internet
survey, 605.60 million people worldwide were online as of September 2002, up from 580.7
million in May 2002 (Nua Internet Survey, 2002). The Pew Internet & American Life Project
reported that 45% of all American children who were under 18 years old were on line (Pew
Research Center, 2000a). This statistics show that almost all schools in the developed country
such as United States now have Internet access regardless of level, region, or poverty
concentration. As Internet use among children is dramatically rising and as inappropriate content
for children as the Internet poses a huge concern for parents, it is important to know what impact
the Internet has on children.

Children are in a developmental stage. The fact that children spend more time in front of
a computer using the Internet suggests the possible impact of Internet use on childrens physical,
social and mental development. The possible positive influence of the Internet on children is
concerned with educational or informational purposes, which suggests that children can acquire
lots of information and apply it to their education. However, the claim about the positive impact
of the Internet is arguable because children may not get only educational information. Children
may use the Internet for various reasons, including getting information, communicating with
people, playing games, surfing and visiting different kinds of web sites. The fact that there is no
specific regulation about the Internet, nor proper knowledge and guidance of childrens Internet
use by government, school, or parents, induces more concern.

In addition, there have been some concerns about the negative impact of the Internet on
children concerning violent and sexual content and a displacement effect in such areas as social
relationships, including interaction with family and friends, physical activity and other leisuretime activities, such as reading and playing, and a negative effect on psychological well-being,
such as loneliness.

The first negative impact of the internet usage among children was there is no face to face
communication. This is because when children are very much indulged in the usage of internet,
they might not be able to achieve face to face communication with the friends and the family.
There are many instances where children talk to each other on Facebook the entire day and they
are in front of each other in reality. However, they react like they do not even know each other.
This is a great disadvantage of internet as this reduces face to face communication among the
children. Even worst situation is when the family is being ignored and they tend to sit in front of
their laptops or desktops the entire day.

The second negative impacts of the internet usage among children are their thinking capacity will
reduce. This is because whenever teacher gives assignments to our children, they tend to search it
on the internet and copy down the facts. But, this is not the right thing to do. This kind of attitude
would reduce their thinking capacity and they just cram the facts listed on the internet. Moreover,
this situation will also make our children become lazier. If this thing continues in the future, there
are chances that they will not do anything on their own and will just cram what is given on
internet without thinking whether the fact that are given in the internet is actually correct or not.

Furthermore, the use of internet among children will affect the children in term of the
moral corruption. This is because there are many things available on the internet that should not
be in the reach of children. However, internet does not have any hard and fast rule for that. This
situation can make a 5 year kid to approach the content which only allowed for the use of 18
years and above. This can leads to some kind of moral corruption among the children where the
innocence and purity of the children is extremely affected by such things.

In addition, the usage of internet among children will give a negative impact to them in
term of cyber bullying. This will happen when children use the internet to bully others kids of the
same age group with them. This situation known as a cyber bullying and this is a very negative
effect of the internet on the children. Children who become the victim to the cyber bullying will
feel insulted or embarrassed when someone bullies them and this may lead to depression.
Moreover, the victim may also suffer from the mental harassment due to this cyber bullying. In
addition, there have been many cases reported where some of the students have committed
suicides as a result of cyber bullying and as the usage of internet is increasing day by day, cases
of cyber bullying are also increasing simultaneously

Finally, the usage of internet among children will cause inactivity among them. These
happen when children were hardly do any of the physical exercises. This is because children will
spend most of their leisure time sitting at one place in front of their computers with a very less
movement is done by their body. Lack of any kind of activity is one of the root causes of all the
problems occurring to the body include obesity. Moreover even at night, instead of sleeping, they

prefer to waste their time on the internet and this could give many health effect to the children
such as inertia.

Thus, protecting children from the negative impact of the internet usage should be a
parents primary concern. Parents can randomly check their kids e-mail and keep the computer in
a common area of the house and use site-blocking software or parental control, which can easily
be provided by the online Internet service provider. Then parents should decide what websites
and content that they feel comfortable letting the children to see and then take steps to filter or
block anything that are impropriate for their children to see. Moreover, parents should regularly
check what are the sites that your children have been visited by reviewing their Internet history.
In addition, parents should talk to their kids about Internet safety and spend time with them.