At present time a lot is written about Internet. Contemporary researchers, journalists, sociologists, psychologists, educators and parents express their doubts about effects of Internet on people. The most disturbing aspect of such discussion is usage of Internet by the growing generation.
One of the most obvious benefits of Internet lies in its social functions. Internet allows adolescents to socialize. Moreover, it plays one of the most important roles in formation of their identity. Although Internet is a virtual world, its means of communication allow adolescents to keep in touch with their peers from all over the world and form their personal social environment. Quite often Internet allows teenagers to become more open to the rest of the world, develop their communication and leadership skills. Apart from this, Internet is a great informational resource, which can help adolescents not only to find answers for many personal questions, but assist in studies as well.
However, along with numerous benefits, there is also a wide range of risk factors, which should never be forgotten. It is remarkable that at present Internet is considered to be one of the most dangerous media sources. One of the reasons of such judgment is its free accessibility. The majority of parents agree that there is a number of dangers for their children, including access to “sexually explicit material”, “anonymous communication” and participation in “virtual communities to support unhealthy behavior including self-injury and eating disorders” (Louge, 2006).
Finally, parents should remember famous proverb, which says: “If you find honey, eat just enough--too much of it, and you will vomit.” Quite often it is rather difficult to tear children away from computer. However, it is necessary, because virtual life cannot replace real live communication with peers.
Louge, N. (2006). Adolescents and the Internet. Research Facts and Findings. ACT for Youth
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