Internet and Children

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Vincent Novelli Research essay
Internet and children

The Internet is a global computer network, which connects millions of computers through the whole world. The Internet has been mainstream since the mid-90's and has only become more embedded in our lives. Yet, I find we are still discussing how to protect our children at a somewhat basic level. Many children these days use, or at least have, access to the internet. But most people are blinded by all the benefits of the internet, and fail to notice any of the problems that can come from overuse. Since the internet is a new technology, not many studies have been done to determine how beneficial or harmful it can be to children. Although the internet may have many benefits to children, it can also be very harmful to them. One of the most obvious problems with children using the internet is the chance of getting addicted. Internet addiction is a serious thing, but hasn’t drawn much attention due to the fact that it is a newer problem in society. Children that have grown up using computers will naturally be more susceptible to getting hooked on the internet. Many children spend more time on the computer than they spend watching television. Most of the time children spend on the computer can be attributed to the internet. This computer overuse results in less time for children to study, do homework, read, exercise, or participate in any out of their school organizations. Such a pattern will eventually affect the child’s grades, health, and social life. Children these days play games for hours and even days at a time. There are games that are so addictive to kids that they want to play instead of going to sleep or go to school. There are types of games where you can play live with other people, for example you can play with people you know like your friends or family members or even strangers from around the world at any time. Spending too much time on the internet isn’t the only problem that...
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