INTERNET USE AMONG MINORS 5
InternetUse among Minors
Socialmedia has greatly influenced communication between people. Some ofthe two most popular social media that are significantlyrestructuring how we relate and keep in touch with one another areFacebook and Twitter. Research has been done on the growth ofinternet use among children and teens. We shall dwell on an articleabout one such research and its purpose. There is evidently a basisas to why such a research would be rendered newsworthy. Focus willalso be placed on the method of study applied as well as therelationship between the news article and the research study (Chelsea& James 2012).
Thearticle titled “Is the Internet hurting children’’ by ChelseaC. & James P. is aimed at establishing how an increasing numberof youngsters are using social media and other internet resources.Social media is growing explosively everyday and the fact that thereis an increased access to digital gadgets such as tablets and smartphones to kids begs the question of how it is being put to use. Thereis too much exposure to adult content and use of media to childrenthat have not attained the required age limit. Today’s society isplagued with the concern that kids are not using up as much time withtheir teachers and parents as they should. This time is consumed bythe use of social media as well as texting.
Nowadaysmovies contain a lot of sex scenes along with violence and thetragedy is that young children have access to such content. All thisas has led to daunted cognitive, social and emotional growth and thiscan directly result in changing the exertion of our brains. Theresearch on how many Facebook users are under the required age limitof 13 years has assisted in ascertaining that indeed there is anincreased number of social media users who are too juvenile to be tobe using such sites. This study is of great value and requiresattention because too much use of the internet among kids may resultin depression, low attention span as well as weakened long-termmemory (Chelsea & James 2012).
Thesurvey brought to light more than a few disturbing matters aboutunderage children and the use of Facebook. The application(Facebook) monitors new users by asking for their dates of birth.Once a user’s birth date shows that they are very young, Facebookdenies them application and use of the site. The consumer data wasattained from a survey of 2,002 mature adults who had internet accessin their homes. TNS, a research firm chose the different participantsand the margin error is above or below 2%. It disclosed that out of20 million Facebook users who are below 18years, 7.5 million userswere under 13 years of age. Out of the 7.5 million users, over5million were below 10 years and their parents did not supervisetheir use of the internet. A total of one million underage childrenhad been cyber bullied, threatened or harassed in that past year.These findings plainly established the fact that the use of internetexposed children as well as their families to a number of privacy andrisks pertaining security.
Thearticle on excessive use of internet by minors was greatly supportedby the research about Facebook use by children. The research gave ita firm basis to talk about the issue at hand as it presentedsufficient data and details on how a large number of internet usersare kids. Apart from stating correct figures as per the research, italso gave the effects of too much internet use and the risksinvolved, for example cyber bullying. However, the article goes on tofurther state the effects of too much internet use among minors ontheir cognitive, social and emotional development: Factors notaddressed in the research. The article also went on to expound onother internet use apart from Facebooking, whereas the research isonly based on use of that particular application. The article did notemphasize on the need of parental regulation when it comes tointernet use among children an issue that was well addressed in theresearch findings. Other factors that were left out in the articleinclude the need for developers and governments to takeresponsibility in ensuring minors do not have access to adult content(Consumer Reports Magazine 2011).
Societytoday is faced with too many minors who have access to social mediaand internet resources that they shouldn’t. There is increasedexposure to adult content as well as risks involving breach ofprivacy and security. Cyber bullying is also becoming common.Parents, web and application developers as well as governments shouldjoin forces in the effort keeping very young children from using theinternet without proper supervision. Too much use of the internetwill render our youngsters useless as it leads to poor social andcognitive development as well as reduced attention and memoryretention. If well managed, the use of computers could lead toimprovements in schools and education as a whole. For this to happen,society has to deal with all the challenges pertaining internetusage.
Chelsea,C. & James, P. S. (May 2012). Isthe Internet Hurting Children?: CNN International Edition.
ConsumerReports Magazine (June 2011): ThatFacebook Friend Might be Ten Years Old and Other troubling News:ConsumerReports.org