The internet's widespread use and the large role it now plays in everyday life means that nowadays, it has a much greater effect on people. Youth specifically are affected greatly by the internet as they spend large amounts of their time on the internet, much more than their adult counterparts. To successfully analyze these effects, three causes of those effects will be looked at. These causes are new teaching methods in schools, cyberbullying, and Clearly, youth worldwide are greatly affected by the internet. New Teaching Methods First, the internet is creating new ways for young students to learn online.
Internet has progressed tremendously and some say crippling our kids. (Children and internet 2009) Internet making children smarter. People often wonder how the internet can make children smarter. Obviously we know the internet and the computer holds more information than there ever was in history. This time in life we have cell phones,computers, tablets etc to help us learn.
This world has become immersed in online media from socializing on networking sites to seeking information on search engines. People of all ages have become reliant on online media, but the most engaged users are the younger, more easily impacted generations. Although there are many positive uses for online media, there are many negative uses as well. Unfortunately, it is all too easy for these negative effects to impede upon the perceptions of adolescents. Some countries have been trying to reduce this effect by expelling the inappropriate content of online media ("Influence on Children Media...”).
According to “Social Networking”, students that are heavy social media users “tend to have lower grades” the longer that they stay online the lower ... ... middle of paper ... ...r the worst form social networking because it affects their GPA, it can become addictive, it advertises cyberbullying, and allows sexting. Social networking sites are frequently known for easy access to contacts and obtaining information; however, it is imperious that people acknowledge the dangers. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter still become increasingly popular; however, every cause, like making a Facebook account, has an effect, like being cyberbullied. Be aware of the dangers on your computer screen as you never know what information might unveil. Works Cited “Cyberbullying.” Be Web Aware-.Media Smarts and Bell, 2013.Web.
It is beneficial to the youth of learners by allowing access to information not easily obtainable by searching through books. In today’s generation the internet is more popular than ever. According to Ed. Laurie J. Fundukian 80% of children age five and under who used the internet in the United States do so weekly. (Fundukian) Everyone is online nowadays including the young and old.
In my paper I have described methods which I think will help bridge this “digital divide” that has been created. Another example problem that is created when information technology such as the Internet is brought into classrooms is that things change quicker than teachers can keep up with. “This places a special burden on already overworked teachers to continue learning new resources and changing their teaching methods.” (LaRose, 2000) There are several ideas, studies, and experiences to battle the problems that I have previously laid out. The first supporting fact that I ... ... middle of paper ... ...teachers that fall behind because of the rapidly changing technology can be solved swiftly will a few grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the implementation of new online programs to help ease pressures. Although there maybe a few glitches that need to be worked out, in a short time I feel it will completely necessary for tomorrow.
The statistics represent the growing paradox concerning child and adolescent increased computer use. So while the internet and skills associated with it are becoming increasingly important for young adults academically, many are speculating that the cost concerns the displacement of other valuable experiences characteristic of youth (Jeffery et. al, 2003). These concerns rest largely with possible associated decreases in physical activity/exercise and effects (still being investigated) involving social development (Levin, 2004). There is already a sizable literature concerning adolescents and younger children watching significantly more TV and health related effects of these trends.
While, social media has many advantages -- especially in providing resources and knowledge to the public, it has many downsides as well, including not providing enough protection for our youths. As such, we see the rise of addiction to social media, cyberbullying, and negative body images. We need to push our government, schools, and families to educate our youth on internet usage. With technology’s increasing growth rate and that fact that technology will be our future, it is pertinent to teach our children how to use social media in a responsible manner.
The rising use of social media is also beginning to negatively affect people’s thought processes; we are losing the ability to think critically, perpetuating belief perseverance and confirmation bias. As people surf the web, they increasingly build a repertoire of beliefs based on the information they relate to. Often they will choose to believe false information simply because it follows the pattern of their preconceived notions. This leads us to a burning question: Is the Internet dumbing us down? As technology is developing at faster rates than ever, the Internet is proving to be quite the wonder.