Bad Effect of Internet

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  • Topic: Community building, Community, Community development
  • Pages : 2 (567 words )
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  • Published : October 2, 2012
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In our generation, the use of computers and the Internet can aid communities by supporting communication and access to information, thereby building social capital and community capacity. Using computers can assist the community planning process ,community participation, and information sharing .Computer-mediated communication can build community awareness, encourage local decision making and dialogue between groups, and support disadvantaged communities. Status barriers can be reduced and online communication with disenfranchised groups, such as women, people of color, and those with disabilities, can be promoted. Youth are among the disenfranchised groups. Adults typically view youth as the cause of community deterioration rather than as a community asset .Youth often feel they have little voice in their communities. Youth participation in their communities can positively influence programs so that they are more responsive to youth’s needs and can help support youth’s sense of self-determination from a community and individual perspective , thereby promoting their health. Increasing youth community participation, however, has been problematic. Since computers are an important aspect of youth culture, they may offer solutions to increasing and supporting community participation. Youth have used computer technology to support various community projects. Websites are seen as potential vehicles to support community building among groups that confront prejudice and domination. Despite the claims of the benefits and barriers of computer technology, no research was found that addressed its use in community development work with youth. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore youth’s use and perceptions of computers and the Internet as tools to support them in a school-based community development project. Objectives were to examine how youth used these tools and to explore youth’s perceptions of how the use of these tools affected participation within...
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