Pros and Cons- Khang Nguyen

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1) What are some pros and cons to the use of the Internet by children?[edit]


Children studying

-Low-income kids got better grades and test scores in reading after being given home Internet access. (WebMD)

-Linda Jackson, PhD studies show that kids that spent more time at home on the internet had higher grade-point averages and reading test scores. (WebMD)

-The internet provides a wide selection of resources such as that will direct children to safe sites that support their needs.

-Children with disabilities can find special education and early intervention programs at sites like

-Government regulations like Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) require websites to explain their privacy policies to make internet safer for children.

-There are softwares that keep networking sites like Facebook safer are being implemented to keep kids from trouble. (WSJ)


Children playing computer games.

-Message boards about self-harm create bad influence for children. (WebMD)

-Search engines might lead children to pornographic material. (WebMD)

-Using the internet might unintentionally lead to pornographic addiction. (CBN)

-Playing online games could become a bad addiction. (Symantec)

-The following addiction traits and behaviors based on The Canyon: Renowned Rehab and Substance Abuse Treatment Center (thecyn) could happen:

   * Spending hours online without a break.
   * Preferring to spend time with a computer over friends and family.
   * Lying about the amount of time spent online.
   * Hiding what you do online.
   * Checking email several times an hour.
   * Family complains about the amount of time spent online.
   * Thoughts are always on the Internet – even when offline.
   * Logging on while at work or school instead of working or studying.
   * The first thing an addict does when family leaves the house is log on.

What we can do:

-Have moderators, online tools for parental control, get involve with children, and talk to kids about internet use. More information and tips can be found at KidsHealth and PCWorld’s articles.

Knguyen15 (talk)15:58, 15 March 2010