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Internet-centric issues affecting schoolchildren in our modern life and times - an essay exploring the impacts of the Internet on today's schoolchildren

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Introduction

Title of Essay: Internet-centric issues affecting schoolchildren in our modern life and times: an essay exploring the impacts of the Internet on today's schoolchildren. Introduction: This essay discusses the merits, virtues and pitfalls of the new Internet age with close reference to its effects on schoolchildren. This essay looks at the effects from (mostly) the viewpoint of a concerned parent, and presents strong opinions on the effects of the Internet on school children. By doing so, this essay hopes to present a balanced view on the advent of the Internet, thereby enriching and broadening the reader's horizon in this area. In the concluding paragraph of the essay, a suggestion is made on areas of improvement, and lists steps that parents and schools can take to minimise the dangers of the Internet. This essay was awarded High Distinction (26 out of 30 marks possible) at the High School level. The Internet is very often portrayed to be an extremely useful application that allows people to communicate efficiently in real time across places and even countries.

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The various search engines available on the Internet greatly helps schoolchildren with their work as it provides instant information from thousands or millions of different sources that they can use if they encounter any doubts at home. However, some have raised concerns about how the Internet is affecting schoolchildren negatively. For example, a kid can spend the day playing online games and only do his homework at night. As a result, he sleeps very late each night due to him being unable to complete his homework by midnight. This causes him to only have just below six hours of sleep each day, making staying awake in class a big problem for him. On the other hand, some kids finish their homework first but his teachers have given feedback that he often commits plagiarism, copying information wholesale from the Internet. After investigation, it is found that he rushes to complete his work, not putting in the effort to do a good piece, in order to have as much time as possible to start playing other online games.

Conclusion

This adds to my stress during work and I have to make it point to call home every afternoon to check on what they are doing. For example, my elder son once downloaded a game programme that was loaded with a virus. Once he opened it, the virus infected the computer and with it all my own files that was stored in the computer as well. As a result, the computer could not be used and my files were all lost, causing me to be unable to submit the reports that I had done. I feel that although the Internet helps children with their homework and allows them to complete their work in a more efficient manner, they need to learn how to use it properly and learn about the consequences of plagiarism. Schools should hold Internet safety talks and teach students the proper way to utilise the Internet to its full potential as only then can it be a boon to mankind and not a gift sent from the devil that we unwittingly opened. End Written by a High School Student Essay awarded High Distinction (26 out of 30 marks possible)

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