Impact of the Internet on Children; Parents' Perspective

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The purpose of this research paper is to compile and analyze the findings from a survey that was conducted on parents’ with children ages 7-13 and their knowledge about their children’s use of the Internet. The paper looks at ways in which parents feel that their children can be protected on the internet. It also explores the fears that parents have about their children being exposed to the internet, and their rationales. The research findings highlight the importance of children's internet protection in relation to the role of parents. The major limitation that this research was faced with was the sample size, as it does not adequately represent the actual population sampled. This paper contributes to the field of study as
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All these communication modes are wonderfully useful tools serving many needs but like any other tool, they can be misused because the internet channels can carry all types of information, and they can receive and deliver inappropriate content. The same channels that let children send birthday greetings to friends or share mp3 music files can also deliver off-limits images, or even strangers with less than honest intentions.
The Internet can be said to be one of the most controversial medium that young children interact with is. It is heralded as both an educational tool and potential hazard. The enormous amounts of readily-available information, free communication, and entertaining content appeals to many, however, the never-ending risks of identity theft, scams, and sexual predators leaves many parents worried about their child's online life.

The impact of heavy media and technology use on children’s social, emotional and cognitive development is only beginning to be studied, and emergent results are serious. While the research is still in its early stages, it suggests that the internet may actually be changing how our brains work. Too much hypertext and multimedia content has been linked in some kids to limited attention span, lower comprehension, poor focus, greater risk for depression and diminished long term


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