Advantages and disadvantages of internet for children

Advantages and disadvantages of internet for children

With the online classes becoming the new normal due to the pandemic, probably everyone at home has the access to the internet- including your child. The Internet is a virtual world where you get information regarding anything in and around you. Technological advancements have made it possible for people to communicate with one another through the internet as well. But alike everything in the world, there are certain advantages and disadvantages of internet especially if your child has access to it. You don’t want your kids to access something that’s not right for his age. And so, you don’t give him access at all. Hence, it is important to know how is it beneficial as well how is it not beneficial for your kid. 

Here are a few advantages and disadvantages of internet for your child to you should know about: 

The Advantages:

Resources-

The Internet provides access to various resources and information from around the globe which makes the internet a globalised atmosphere. Typing any word on google can give your child various pages they can visit and learn from. 

Networking-

The internet helps people connect with other people from anywhere in the world. It helps connecting and reconnecting with near and dear ones as well as networking with others around. Children can connect with other students around the world and make use of the internet. This has led to kids slowly developing teamspirit as well as collaborative skills. 

Enhances learning-

Making use of the internet to take reference notes and videos help making learning easier and fun. In other words, the internet helps enhance learning. In fact, a lot of online learning websites have become a trend today. 

Faster-

Internet is a speeded up medium that helps making work fast and simple. You can send emails, send video messages and chat through IM (instant messaging) generated apps. This has helped the world speed up in ways you can’t imagine. 

Helps developing creative skills-

The internet is an open platform for anyone and everyone with the access to it. People have started using their creativity in making videos, memes, songs, movies, etc which keep the other internet users entertained and engaged. 

The Disadvantages:

Cybercrime-

Children can become vulnerable in falling into situations that can be considered as cybercrime if not administered well. Be it bullying or falling victim to predators, cybercrime is one of the biggest disadvantages of the internet. It is always advised to make sure your child is on the right track and monitor the sites too. 

Limited availability-

Internet is only available to people who opt for it. The pandemic was a best example when it was a task for people from rural areas to attend online classes. 

Addiction-

Children tend to get addicted to the internet, which does more harm than good. There are a lot of things on the internet that fascinates kids like video games. Children addicted to the internet tend to lose track of time as well. 

Health risks-

Staying in front of the screen for a long time can affect the eyes of the children. The addiction of video games might make them lose interest in playing sports and games in real time and exercises, making them lazy. This leads to weight gain and affects confidence of children at a young age.

Damage to mental health-

The usage of too much internet can slowly affect the mental health of your child if not monitored well. Too much usage of social media sites is the root cause of it. 

Now that you know the Advantages and disadvantages of internet, with proper guidance, you can make the internet a fun thing for your child. Make them feel that using the internet is more of a reward to gain resources than allowing them to misuse it. To conclude, it is important to administer the internet usage of your children for the betterment of their way of thinking. By keeping a balance between the real-life and reel world of the internet, your child can do wonders in life. 

Parevartan School in Ghaziabad is currently running online classes to protect its students from loss of education and time in this Pandemic period.

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