The impact of Internet on children has been studied by many researchers since it is the most controversial issue. The Internet has become extremely popular among children and the researches seek to determine which role it plays at their remarkably tender age. The question whether children who use the Internet become smarter is quite tricky. I suppose that it often depends on upbringing of children and how exactly they use the Internet. This paper aims to give a clear yes or no answer to this question.
Internet is a network of interconnected computers that are interlinked. It affects virtually all aspects of life, be it business or academic. Generally, the Internet carries a wide range of information sources and documents; it even supports the email infrastructure. Whether the Internet is a good or a bad thing, it depends on how the child uses it (Shevchuk 2010).
Currently, it is unlikely to come across a child who does not access the Internet or a computer. This paper focuses on those children who become smarter using the Internet. The Internet can be accessed instantly; it can be used as a quite reliable learning material. In case a child wants to enquire about something, it would be simpler for him or her to type it into the computer and get an instant and direct response from Internet. It is much easier for them than to go to the library and read heaps of books in search of a clear direct answer. Using the Internet can be time saving, especially for a child who is actually willing to learn. It is necessary to a growing child, because children are extremely curious about things. It is more interesting for them to learn about things by themselves rather than to annoy their parents with questions. Using the computer and Internet, the children are quite smart and informed since they get to know what is happening in the outside world. They also become more computer literate and improve their computer skills by the day. For some children, the Internet is a way to make reading as compared to school textbooks.
The children also become more socialized since they are able to share information with people from different regions of the world through various social networks and chatting online as well. Therefore, they find it easier to socialize online rather than in their own environment with people around them.
According to some researchers, children without Internet are disadvantaged in the classroom since they are not informed and they need to get acquainted with the modern day technology. Today, a computer is no longer a luxury but an essential commodity for young people. Internet is also an excellent thing which can connect students with their teachers and they are able to get assignments and other classwork materials via web and forward them through the same service. This enables the teacher to monitor the students easily and enables the children to facilitate the entire reading process (Ivens, 2002).
On the other hand, Internet is blamed for making people stupid. People who used to rely on computers, do not use their own knowledges and skills. Children can become dependent on computers so that they cannot study on their own Instead of doing their own assignments, they post them online and wait for an answer from another people; they also opt for copying their assignments from the Internet, thus this leads to plagiarized assignments. They also get involved in online lottery games that can distort their characters. They can be addicted to online computer games. They waste most of their time playing these games. They do not develop essential skills, quite the contrary, they become stupid.
If children make the computer their best friend, they become anti-social. They do not enjoy playing with their friends since Internet is said to be addictive. Such children may showcase withdrawal symptoms and most of their friends may be from Internet only. The increased number of social networks has posed a big threat to children’s academics. Children Addiction to the social networks is evident, it is hard for children to concentrate in class; they often try to sneak their phones to school.
They can be tempted to indulge themselves in pornography which is a rampant issue among the youth. With all these issues in the children’s head, it becomes difficult for them to focus on more salient issues. They become smart but immoral and undisciplined at the same time. The Internet makes children smarter but that could happen at the cost of their morality, discipline and academics. It is essential to monitor the children’s internet access and to control the time they spend online (Smith, 2007).
The Internet makes children smarter if they use it in the right way. Parents should be strict at monitoring the children while accessing Internet; they should also ensure that their children do their homework themselves instead of posting it online. It is true that children that access the Internet are smarter than those who are computer illiterate.
Parents and teachers view the internet as a primary source of education for the children while children, on the other hand, view the internet as being easy to use and, therefore, they are likely to play online computer games, chat and send emails. One third of children opt for online reading. Children are also likely to believe everything they read online since they lack the knowledge to validate all the information they get from Internet.. The internet offers a terrific learning opportunity for children but at the same time pose a serious threat to them, this is still the case despite the enactment of several safety precautions.