Essay on The Negative Impact of Internet Use on Child Development

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The internet is a connection between you and the rest of the world, where information is endless and to a certain extent you are left to do whatever you please. “The percentage of the population with internet access grew from 0.1 percent in 2000 to 43.5 percent in 2010, doubling the number in 2009, which was reported as 20.6 percent,” (Cenameri) this significant increase has given more children access to the internet, but at what cost? The internet stifles a child’s development by the hardships it creates within their health, academic, and social lives. With the substantial amount of information available from the internet many people believe this resource improves children’s lives, it helps to …show more content…
(Owens) “According to the latest Project Information Literacy Progress Report, 84 percent of students say that when it comes to course-based research, getting started is their biggest challenge,” (Chapman) even though students are given an infinite amount of information they don’t know how to evaluate it. At Illinois Wesleyan University a study was conducted that students preferred to use simple database searches instead of other methods such as visiting their library and meeting with a librarian. (Kolowich) If students continue to rely on the same methods they will not develop their searching and evaluating skills. Students are not just using the internet to conduct research and complete school work, they are using it for recreation, to play games, or to visit social media sites. Fewer than three percent of students obtain recreational readings from school libraries. (Burks) Students are using the internet as a form of recreation during school time. A study from the University of Haifa that focused on ninth to twelfth graders and surveyed three different high schools, found that sixty percent of the overall students used their cell phones in class. (Barack) From that sixty percent ninety-five percent said they regularly sent emails or texts during classroom lessons and ninety-four percent said they browsed file-sharing

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