What the Internet is doing to this Generation’s Children
by jmend3 on March 14, 2014 - 10:22pm
We all know the powers and the wonders of computers and the Internet as they have quickly become an essential cog in mainstream society. We play, create, learn, and socialize on our computers. We, as a society, have become accustomed to having such infinite knowledge at our disposal and, because of it, we’re becoming more and more attached to our computers. This generation’s fleet of children and adolescents are following in our society’s footsteps as they are now exposed to the internet more and more and at younger ages than ever before. As the mysteries of the internet gradually replace the novelties of the traditional dolls and action figures to these kids, the question is posed as to whether or not this increased exposure is unhealthy for these children’s development. Also, we strive to find out how this newly arisen topic of concern will affect the generations of young people to come in this computerized and technological society that is being built before our very eyes.
The article in which I examined for this blog post delves right in to the subject in hand and provides relevant research in regards to its effects. According to the article, 8-10 year olds spend an average of 46 minutes a day on the internet while 11-12 year olds spend about an hour and 46 minutes every day; both times of which have sharply risen from similar previous tests. Another central focus was that the sites in which the children are going on are influential in what effect the internet has on them as well and, according to the conducted research, it is sites like YouTube and Facebook that are most frequently visited by the kids in that age range. The article would go on to conclude that the impact of the internet on a growing child is entirely based on the websites that he/she is going on. This conclusion frames the problem as it gets right down to the roots of it and shows us that children’s internet exposure can be both negative and positive in the long run, depending on the case.
APA Citation & Link:
Blackwell, C.L., Lauricella, A. R., Conway, A. Wartella, E. (2014). Children and the Internet: Development Implications pf Web Site Preferences Among 8- to 12-Year-Old Children. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 58(1), 1-20. Doi:10.1080/08838151.2013.875022