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What are some advantages and disadvantages of internet use for children and adults?

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sweetcandy | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted March 25, 2009 at 8:11 AM via web

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What are some advantages and disadvantages of internet use for children and adults?

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bridgetrbcs | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 25, 2009 at 10:43 AM (Answer #1)

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The internet can be both helpful and hindering to people of all ages. 

 For children, the internet provides a vast library of knowledge.  Students literally have the world at their fingertips.  Any topic can be researched at any time, day or night.  The internet also makes learning the textbook content more interesting by offering games and short videos that students may watch and interact with.

  For adults, it is still a wonderful resource for information about diseases, world news, parenting tips, and many other things.  Again, adults, like children, can research any topic at any time.  There are also games on the internet, as well as forums and groups, that cater to the interests of individuals.  Many adults choose to shop online instead of going to the mall or department stores.

The internet, however, can be harmful to children and adults in quite a few ways.  Online predators are always out preying on children who will willing give away their personal information.  Children may also "stumble" across sites that are inappropriate for them.  Some problems for adults that are caused by the internet are pornography, lack of real-life relationships, laziness, and gambling.

 

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dswain001 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted March 25, 2009 at 10:54 PM (Answer #2)

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The Internet is a marvelous invention. Because of its introduction into education and its availability to just about anyone, the world will probably never be the same.

People of all ages can log on 24/7 in search of whatever they need. The elderly woman who is unable to drive can log onto the Internet and shop for groceries, fill a prescription or even chat with her grandchildren via web cam.

Collectors no longer have to scour flea markets and yard sales on weekends to find coveted items to add to their collections all they have to do is log on to Ebay and post a bid. Anything can be purchased on line now. Clothing, Jewelry, Furniture...even take-out.

As a teacher I have found the Internet to be extremely useful in planning lessons. The web has a plethora of sites created specifically for teachers to share ideas, change information, and share documents (thanks enotes!). Perhaps young people stand to gain the most from using the Internet. In addition to being able to express themselves and show creativity on sites like MySpace and Twitter, they can also use the net for school projects and homework.

Still, for every pro, there is a con. I think that students sometimes rely too much in the internet. They don't seem to understand that just because something is on Google, that doesn't make it a reliable source. I cannot count the number of times a student has turned in an essay that contains incorrect facts from sites that have been created by someone who isn't an authority on the topic.

Chat rooms have become the new playground for sexual predators. The Internet gives them the anonymity they need to lure unsuspecting children into inappropriate conversations and in some cases meeting up with them. There are laws that keep predators away from parks and schools, but none keeping them off the Internet.

Without proper supervision, children can accidentally log on to pornographic websites. Even adults can fall prey to identity theft and stolen passwords if they aren't careful about the things they are downloading onto their computer.

 

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juliet926 | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted October 21, 2010 at 4:38 PM (Answer #3)

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There are advantages and disadvantages of the internet.

Advantages:

  • A source of education for students
  • Provide e-commerce faclities
  • Chat rooms, songs and other entertainment
  • Telecommuting.
  • promoting businesses
  • online classes for students
  • customer services and support
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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 25, 2009 at 5:48 PM (Answer #4)

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Great answer.  One more potential problem is the same as with books- most people who are writing are trying to convince the reader of something.  In books, other print material and on the internet, some people may be mistaken in what interpretation they put on what they write. An example of this would be a statistical analysis I once read on an internet site.  It said that 86% of statistics found on the internet were simply made up, which could of course include that statistic.  Just as in all research, you need to keep at it long enough to balance out enough information to arrive at a true understanding.

 

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sumi94 | Student, College Freshman | Honors

Posted May 24, 2011 at 4:56 AM (Answer #5)

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.it can distract children from homework etc.

.can distract adults from office work etc

. can help parents keep track of their children

. can help children with their homework etc

. cyber bullying

. pornography

. paedophiles

. anti social behaviour

wow the list goes on :) hope it helped

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avasbruce | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted May 27, 2011 at 7:32 PM (Answer #6)

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The Internet has revolutionized the world, but it brings with it both good and bad things.

GOOD:

People can connect and interact with others quickly and cheaply. We are "closer" to others because of this connectivity. We can use skype etc.

The Internet is like the "knowledge" center of the world. We can find information on almost anything in a number of languages quickly and efficiently. We don't need to really go to a physical library anymore because everything is online.

The Internet is great for learning in the form of e-learning and distance education. This is great not only for children but also for adults.

The Internet has given rise to new businesses and new ways of earning money. Look at Ebay, Amazon and all the other e-commerce websites. People can just work from home and make tons of money if they have the knowledge, ability and luck.

 

BAD

There are new types of crime and security threaths. It's not 100% safe due to hackers and people who steal sensitive information and other people's identities.

For children, there is a threat of pornography and pedophiles. Many children want to grow up too quickly and meet strangers which may lead to rape etc.

Children and adults both tend to spend too much time online. Some adults, for example and this leads to a communication breakdown and problems interacting with others (social skills).

 

 

 

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lilos404 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted May 30, 2011 at 2:52 PM (Answer #7)

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Adv:
The foremost target of internet has always been the communication. And internet has excelled beyond the expectations.Now we can communicate in a fraction of second with a person who is sitting in the other part of the world.......
Information is probably the biggest advantage internet is offering. The Internet is a virtual treasure trove of information. Any kind of information on any topic under the sun is available on the Internet. The search engines like Google, yahoo is at your service on the Internet. You can almost find any type of data on almost any kind of subject that you are looking for. There is a huge amount of information available on the internet for just about every subject known to man, ranging from government law and services, trade fairs and conferences, market information, new ideas and technical support, the list is end less..
Entertainment is another popular raison d'être why many people prefer to surf the Internet. In fact, media of internet has become quite successful in trapping multifaceted entertainment factor. Downloading games, visiting chat rooms or just surfing the Web are some of the uses people have discovered. There are numerous games that may be downloaded from the Internet for free.
Many services are now provided on the internet such as online banking, job seeking, purchasing tickets for your favorite movies, guidance services on array of topics engulfing the every aspect of life, and hotel reservations. Often these services are not available off-line and can cost you more.

DisA:
Theft of Personal information
If you use the Internet, you may be facing grave danger as your personal information such as name, address, credit card number etc. can be accessed by other culprits to make your problems worse.

Spamming:
Spamming refers to sending unwanted e-mails in bulk, which provide no purpose and needlessly obstruct the entire system. Such illegal activities can be very frustrating for you, and so instead of just ignoring it, you should make an effort to try and stop these activities so that using the Internet can become that much safer.

Virus threat
Virus is nothing but a program which disrupts the normal functioning of your computer systems. Computers attached to internet are more prone to virus attacks and they can end up into crashing your whole hard disk, causing you considerable headache.

Pornography:
This is perhaps the biggest threat related to your children’s healthy mental life. A very serious issue concerning the Internet. There are thousands of pornographic sites on the Internet that can be easily found and can be a detrimental factor to letting children use the Internet.

Though, internet can also create havoc, destruction and its misuse can be very fatal, the advantages of it outweigh its disadvantages.

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kukarad70 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted June 8, 2011 at 4:54 AM (Answer #8)

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Internet use in an aspect is good in this modernized age. Every level of human can take benefit if internet is used for advantegious motif. To find world news immediately to adults and good chances to learn many new things to children. Internet is a big store where anyone can find anything. Whether Adults can do online shopping, to talk with his or her relatives, friends or officials easily in a second. To the children playing games, search of homework guidance which are beneficial to them. Internet use might be the opportunity for E-learning and Distance Learning for Adults and Children.

If we will see other side the use of internet for adults and children may harm in different aspects. Adults who can threat to anyone misusing internet and stealing information of major things i.e. credit cards, personal information etc. Adults may concentrate to them in pornography sites which may harm in their mentality. The internet could be the resources for crime. Children who could not do school works sitting long hours surfing in internet in valueless contents. Sometimes children might get finding of pornographic pictures which can bring negative impact in their mind.

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cuilan1 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted June 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM (Answer #9)

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The Internet provides opportunities galore, and can be used for a variety of things. Some of the things that you can do via the Internet are:

  • E-mail: E-mail is an online correspondence system. With e-mail you can send and receive instant electronic messages, which works like writing letters. Your messages are delivered instantly to people anywhere in the world, unlike traditional mail that takes a lot of time.
  • Access Information: The Internet is a virtual treasure trove of information. Any kind of information on any topic under the sun is available on the Internet. The ‘search engines’ on the Internet can help you to find data on any subject that you need.
  • Shopping: Along with getting information on the Internet, you can also shop online. There are many online stores and sites that can be used to look for products as well as buy them using your credit card. You do not need to leave your house and can do all your shopping from the convenience of your home.
  • Online Chat: There are many ‘chat rooms’ on the web that can be accessed to meet new people, make new friends, as well as to stay in touch with old friends.
  • Downloading Software: This is one of the most happening and fun things to do via the Internet. You can download innumerable, games, music, videos, movies, and a host of other entertainment software from the Internet, most of which are free.
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prayergal | Elementary School Teacher | Honors

Posted June 19, 2011 at 2:45 PM (Answer #10)

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This is an interesting question.  One that I have had recent too close to home experience with.  My son Christopher is going to be fifteen next Friday.  One day I turned on  my lap top and opened up the recent items file.  There were these odd thumbnails that I never seen before.  So I clicked on them and  up pops nude playboy pictures of girls.  There were about ten to a dozen pictures loaded on my computer.  Of course it was my boy who had been looking at pictures and didn't think my computer had stored them.  He was caught red-handed looking at internet pornography.  So even though the internet has many wonderful educational purposes, I have to be extremely vigilant with it.  Misuse is so easy and prevalent.

Also, my ex-husband was known for logging on to chat sites and talking to girl friends with out my knowledge.  His misuse of the internet eventually led to the destruction of our home.  So although I do not look at the internet as an evil thing.  I do feel that it is like all man-made things people need to be responsible with it. 

What I find disconcerting is how easy it is to access or be involved in illicit activities and significant others can be completely unaware of it.  Now I have locks on my computer and I don't let my son surf alone anymore.  One wants to be trusting of people but the reality is that is downright foolish these days.        

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jesschnarton | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted July 1, 2011 at 2:53 PM (Answer #11)

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As a teacher using the internet is very beneficial. I can find a plethora of material on a topic that I'll be teaching. Why reinvent the wheel when it's already there for you to use. Plus, you can tweak found material to meet the needs of the student's in your classroom. I have found many shared resources for use with my SmartBoard. As far as the student's using the internet I think it's great! There are so many programs the student's can use to further learning. Ticket to Read, VMath Live and Brain Pop are just a few websites that contribute to academic success in students at my school. Internet use can be abused and I realize it does happen, but the benefits far outway the negatives. That is why safeguards are put into place and firewalls are created to protect our student's frim harmful materials on the internet.  

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daskalos | High School Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted August 20, 2011 at 3:28 AM (Answer #12)

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The advantages are wide and varied depending on your current outlook on life: research can be a huge part on internet use, knowledge storage and transfer can also be a big part of the internet, intertainment, idea sharing. Coming from a time before personal computers and the internet I think it can be great for all ages

The disadvantages are the same as for advantages.  The old adage applies, "Buyer beware".  Remember that all people have biases and that many have agendas, don't take what you see on the internet as fact. Verify, verify verify!!!!  Another old adage comes to mind by Benjamin Franklin, "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see."

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sanskritibookbound | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted June 29, 2011 at 9:58 PM (Answer #13)

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since internet seems to be 'the inevitables' of the present senario, it's better to be optimistic about the whole thing and acknowledge the good things about it, such as the like of enotes, merit nation and other such sites for students, teachers and parents alike and ovi shopping sites for the house wifes ad students who dont have time to go digging in the stores...

as for it's negetive effects... well, less could be said about that as anything from cellphones to cameras could be missused...

so eventually itboils down to your concience and something called brains, if you want to benefit from it...

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showkatmedia | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted February 28, 2012 at 1:52 PM (Answer #14)

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You might have heard that everything in this world has the other side, if one side is good, another side may be bad. Similarly, if one side is bad, another side will be good. This is the simple example, which may be applicable on the usage of internet.

Internet, no doubt has made this world so wonderful, which we had never even dreamt of. For example, I am writing this answer for a person, who is thousands of miles away from my place. It is only internet, which has made our life so comfortable and informative, you name any information, it is just a click away from you. For professionals and students, this new virtual world has become very useful, it is like a sea or information or a reference book, which is always on your fingertips.

As I mentioned, everything has the other side, internet too has the other side or negative side, which could badly spoil anyone especially children, who are exposed to many unwanted information like obscenity, sex, violence etc. They also get addicted to many things like online games, cartoons etc, which led to the deviation from studies and behavioral change.

At last, I would like to say that parent should always keep watch on their wards and must ensure that their child don't get exposed to unwanted content on internet, parents’ can also use the child lock or block the websites, which have the explicit content.

 

 

 

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hardworker47 | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted November 13, 2011 at 5:43 AM (Answer #15)

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The advantages are: information, communication and creation.  For example, there is a vast amount of info on the Internet which can be used both by children and adults alike.  Everyone uses the Internet for e-mail or blog.  And everyday lots of new creations such as websites and forums are created and people use them in accordance to the values of the other 2 advantages.

The disadvantages are: people can become addicted to the Internet.  They will stay inside all day long and not stretch or anything.  And, some people have their head buried in their Blackberries all day long.  Another disadvantage is that there are a lot of inappropriate sites on the Internet which children visit.  They see things that are too old for them.

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swetank | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted November 16, 2011 at 6:43 AM (Answer #16)

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Basically speaking every thing has its advantage and its dis advantage. But we need to make our-self aware of it. The topic is great and the question, well i had studied it in standard 7 and got A++ for answers.

So, some major and interesting advantages and dis advantages are as follows-

ADVANTAGES

  • Great resource for everyone. One should read articles, newspaper and lots more in their free time.
  • Social Networking sites to hangout with friends all over the world.
  • Cooking, yoga, exercises are to be taught over Internet, no need to run for a classes.
  • Home help for students are here over Internet.
  • Banking could be done over Internet.
  • Shopping sites with home delivery option are available.

 

DIS-ADVANTAGES

  • Spamming and adware problems.
  • Internet Banking is not secure.
  • Adult viewing contents are used by frequent teenagers and youngers.
  • Hackers destroy our computers.
  • Trics and ideas to cheat, make virus, hack someone profile and lots more.
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evpoppers | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 3, 2012 at 7:12 AM (Answer #17)

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Personally, i feel like it gives the child motives to study, because theres a lot to know, and the internet makes it seem interesting to know, it makes finding information easy, helps with answering questions, contacting the teachers, and staying in contact with friends, but then again, there are sooo many distractions; if the child doesnt have much self control, they wouldnt get anything done, but only use facebook, ect.  And there are always alternatives to the internet, like cell phones to stay in contact, books to learn, and dictionaries to look up words.  You dont REALLY need the internet.

 

For an adult, I feel like they can use it to share things with friends, find out what they need to know, advertise, but theres distraction's always for them too. :)

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ilovemusic1225 | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted January 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM (Answer #18)

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Some advantages would definetly have to be for school work and to better educate yourself. Now if it becomes an addiction to the point where you are finding yourself on the internet looking at stuff that you shouldn't be or that is a waste of time, then maybe you should get involved in something else such as outdoor sports/activities, clubs at school, and community service.

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kukarad70 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted February 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM (Answer #19)

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There are advantages and disadvantages both aspects we find using internet by the children. To know about world's information they can grab immediately through it and update themselves with the knowledge. The games, notes, puzzles, outdoor/indoor activities to develop their mind and many things are there which are useful to them. But to see computer continue might harm their eyesight, they may go to see towards negative pictures and video clips, give up concentrations towards study and more unusual moves will be created through internet.

Internet has made the world narrow and reachable immediately for friendship and planning for new activities, communicating with different cultures and exchanging ideas as well as to know about new places and see in the picture lively. However, the bad aspect is to keep vulgar pictures in sharing and to scold others or threaten through internet has become much easy. Therefore, we might get both the things in the use of internet by the children in this society.

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aldemarode | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted March 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM (Answer #20)

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The proliferation of Internet technologies has both advantages and disadvantages. Internet is defined as a collection of various services and resources. Today, Internet has brought a globe in a single room. Right from getting news across the corner of the world to accessing knowledge resources to shopping, everything is at your fingertips. Internet has tremendous potential and a lot to offer in terms of services. However, like every single innovation in science and technology, Internet has its own advantages and disadvantages. And it has some effects also in students in their development socially, psychologically, physically, emotionally and spiritually. There is so much that students can do with the Internet. Not only can they communicate with other students, they can gain from others' knowledge and experiences, participate in chat rooms, share ideas and solutions and learn about the many diverse cultures out there. And one of its advantages is the email. Email is a quick and easy way to stay in touch with family, friends, business contacts, and strangers. It doesn't cost the price of a stamp and you don't have to wait for days to get a response or answer. In the business world, it is any easy, fast way to keep in touch with co-workers and employers. Emails keep us from wasting valuable time being placed on hold when you need to contact someone regarding business or pleasure. Many students also use it to pass their projects via email and it’s because it is fast and reliable. And the other one is the Infinite storage of information. The Internet is a virtual treasure trove of information. Any kind of information on any topic under the sun is available on the Internet.  The ‘search engines’ on the Internet can help you to find data on any subject that you need. And for students it could make their work easier like their homework but sometimes the information you get from Internet cannot be 100% right, because everybody can write

on Internet about everything. Entertainment is another popular reason why many students nowadays prefer to surf the Internet. In fact, media of internet has become quite successful in trapping multifaceted entertainment factor. Downloading games, visiting chat rooms or just surfing the Web are some of the uses people have discovered. There are numerous games that may be downloaded from the Internet for free. The industry of online gaming has tasted dramatic and phenomenal attention by game lovers. In fact, the Internet has been successfully used by people to find lifelong partners. When people surf the Web, there are numerous things that can be found. Music, hobbies, news and more can be found and shared on the Internet. And like Youtube where students usually visit to listen music. And when one is bored he could search for games he want and play. But despite its numerous advantages the Internet is not absolutely free of weak points. Thus, alongside with useful and beneficial information the Internet sources, sites that make pornography available to students are all over in the Web. In addition, too often the ease with which the information can be retrieved is not directly proportional to its quality and reliability. Many Internet users indicate as a flagrant problem the potential ability of dangerous strange fellows to make contact with students.

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justaquestion | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted November 3, 2011 at 6:04 PM (Answer #21)

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Advantage: playing, spending time on it, learn and communicate with others. makes them smarter and more aware of technology.

Disadvantages: it might open doors to hell.. for example children might open sites and search for things they shouldn't be because they are curious.

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monroe1 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted December 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM (Answer #22)

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Wow the things that we can find on the internet! I live in a small town and did not travel alot as a child. The biggest advantage to the internet for myself is the things that I have not seen, read and experienced is right here at my fingertips! Had the internet not been here I probably would never had known that there is another world out there. It has opened my mind and let so many possibilities in. On the negative side it has created a very controversial, fast paced and problems for people that may have never occured if there was no internet!

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buster101 | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted March 22, 2012 at 1:50 PM (Answer #23)

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One of the greatest advantages, in my opinion, is that everything is faster!  I can find so much information on virtually any subject in seconds.  I can find quality lesson plans and other resources.  As a teacher, I can offer my students so much more in the way of up-to-date information, videos, music, pictures, graphics and ebooks.

The biggest disadvantage is that, as a teacher, I need to make sure the resources I offer my children are accurate.  With the Internet, I can't always be sure of what's accurate and what's not!

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wpcotton | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted March 31, 2012 at 3:31 AM (Answer #24)

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The advantages for children and adults in using the Internet is the vast amount of information that is available at a click of a mouse. Everyone who uses the Internet, however, must be aware that information found on the Internet is not always accurate, vetted, or fair and impartial. Understanding these traits of Internet information, educators must take precaution not to ignore other means for students to access information, i.e., library reference books, hard copies of periodicals, magazines, and newspapers.

The disadvantage of using the Internet is becoming too dependent on instant information and relying on this information to make critical decisions. Also, too many students cut and paste articles from the Internet and turn them in as their original work, much to the dismay of educators.

The Internet is an extremely useful tool to access a wealth of information, but it must be used carefully and wisely to maintain the integrity of students' work.

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inamuna | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted August 26, 2010 at 4:26 AM (Answer #25)

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All the things in this world have advantages and disadvantages. No work is bad but the person is bad who does it.

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pwin-cess | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted June 5, 2011 at 4:04 AM (Answer #26)

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the advantages are you can basically browse what ever you like and the disadvantages are that you get viruses and they redirect you which can be really anoying  

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alilion | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted December 13, 2011 at 8:47 PM (Answer #30)

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Helps children type properly, Some children may accidently go on sites they shouldn't be on, adults can find information on what they want, they can go unappropriate sites if they access the internet

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pjmartin | Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 4, 2012 at 12:59 AM (Answer #27)

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While there are many advantages and disadvantages to the use of the Internet, one or two stand out as the key points for children and adults alike.

The Internet offers a wealth of information, available at any time, from any place with a 'Net connection. For those who live in an area without access to a large, well-stocked library, this is a huge advantage, especially for students and researchers.

This also brings a disadvantage, if the user isn't discerning. Much of the information available is incorrect, incomplete, or misleading. It is crucial to develop critical analysis skills and/or to be able to corroborate information before accepting it as "gospel truth."

Another double-edged Internet point is that there is also a plethora of entertainment sites, including games, available to users. While this allows children and adults alike to learn new skills through games, as well as to simply have fun, it can also quickly become a new addiction, leading to "couch potato syndrome." Like most anything in life, Internet usage can become too much of a good thing.

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irha-nadeem | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted October 2, 2011 at 10:37 PM (Answer #28)

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Internet can lead to virus transferring, spamming. If you shop online, your credit card no. can be copied and used.

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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

Posted December 7, 2011 at 9:59 AM (Answer #29)

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This topic is very fantastic ... thank his subject, and all those who participated it.
I have benefited a lot from your views.

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bravo45 | eNoter

Posted June 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM (Answer #31)

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Its all depends on how they use the internet.

Whatever the disadvantages may be in using the internet.But in dis mordern era people cant live without internet.So its the ultimate necessity for all the peoples all over the world..

There are some Dis advantages for children using the internet..

*First and foremost children getting addicted to social networking sites.so their studies getting affected down the way.

*Children using more internet have the chances of losing concentration on other day to day things.

So children below 15 years must be avoidedusing internet.

For adults, there is plenty of advantages in using net

* They get use to know about more things around the world

*They get  use to know what's current trends,happenings and current affairs

*They get connected to their related persons which will form a huge network

*They can do online businessess,transactions,reservations,bookings,buying etc.

So there may be merits and demerits in using net for both children and adults..

But its all depends on how we use the INTERNET which is simply called as the backbone of world technology..

 

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spearnicholas | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted January 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM (Answer #32)

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       An advantage to using the Internet, for both children and adults, is that it has an endless amount of information from around the globe.

       This, however, can also be a disadvantage, for some of the information can exagerated and/or made up.

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ayeshanihal | Student, Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted June 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM (Answer #33)

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I think that internet is useful for the children in someways for example you can brows any question you want on the net and many more things and the disadvantage is chatting on the net is a very bad advantage as i think.

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karensuggs | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted July 2, 2012 at 2:56 PM (Answer #34)

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Strangely, the advantages of internet use are simply a flip side of the coin with disadvantages. The structure and contributions of the internet are basically unregulated. The information and activity contained within the internet is vast from the most innocent to the most offensive. Before the internet was created or restricted to the use of academics, children and adults were influenced by the size of their immediate day to day contacts. They might expand influence through literature or movies, but literature and movies were basically regulated. Now people can come into contact with information and people that only a short time ago they would never have had contact with even throughout their lives.

Albert Bandura advanced the notion of observational and vicarious learning. This theory is at the heart of the disadvantage of the internet. We are exposed to information we never would have had contact. Through vicarious learning we will likely assimilate some of what we view online. Nothing can be unseen or unlearned no matter how detrimental it may be.

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shobahmanisegaran | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted July 5, 2012 at 10:50 AM (Answer #35)

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For students mainly ;-

The internet helps student to clarify themselves with the outer world. On top of that, they can explore new ideas from abroad rather than wasting their time and money traveling a long distance trying to find information.Internet provides many facilities for research work. It contains detailed information on different topics. The researcher students can find the required information on the InternetThe internet can be used as a huge reference resource.  You can find out almost anything about almost any subject on the internet.

 

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zopalwie | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted June 11, 2012 at 1:41 PM (Answer #37)

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your eyes will be destroyed. 
no appetite in the food.
when you're having an assignment,you'll immediately copy and then paste without reading and understanding it carefully
pornographies
unreliable informations
you're going to be a victim of some social networking sites like hacking, etc.

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 22, 2012 at 2:37 PM (Answer #43)

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I have noticed a huge difference at college libraries. The book stacks are nearly deserted most of the time, while the rooms that have computers are packed night and day. The libraries are putting in more computers and more and more. There is never enough of them. This means that education is changing. There is bound to be a lot more electronic education and a lot less book-education. What students seem to like about the computer, including the Internet, is that it is interactive. They can find out what they want to know and not just be passive recipients of whatever is fed to them. I think this is mostly good. I think there will be a lot more education away from school campuses. This has been evolving for many years. First students began driving to school, attending a lecture, and then leaving by car. Now they can attend the lecture by viewing it on the monitor, and they can record it and watch it over again at their own convenience. They may be looking at things that are a little naughty, but if that's what they're interested in they will satisfy their curiosity and then move on to other subjects. The interactive nature of the Internet presents a great challenge to educators, because a hundred students can be following a hundred different topics at the same time. How is the educator going to keep up with all of them? And all this electronic communication and interaction is only in its infancy!!!

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inette | eNoter

Posted September 26, 2012 at 7:09 PM (Answer #38)

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the internet is a very resourceful whirlpool of anincredible amount of information.We all can benifit from itin a positive way but in orderto do so we must be responsible in our activities.

Some advantages include the provision of education in all forms from religious information to the lowest most deragotory. It depends on  your use, it provides a widerknowledge baseto the user.Children and adults alike need it for research. It is the ready source of information . No more scooting down long line of library books , delving through scores of pages and dusty books which have not being used for long periods of time.

it is a quick, reliable and effective means of communication both near and far,reaching a wider cross section of people. It can be used as a site for advertising reaching audiences in all hemispheres.

The internet provides entertainment such as movies, music, games

It is free very cost effective

Good for socialization

It reduces distance between relatives, friends, shopping on line business institutions,educational institutios chat rooms for the right use and a host of other connectionsas communication between web cam makes it easier.

Disadvantages include wrong interpretation of message sent if it nooot a face to face conversation.It can be time consuming if one is a poor time manager.Valuable information can be lost. Virus invasionor virus threat can be a nusiance from some sites. Pop up pornography can provide unwanted knowledge for young children. It reduces face to face socialization in some instances eg emailing. Identity theft is a big one which ison the rise.One can experience antisocial or hostile behaviour or cyber bullying.It also promotes attention deficit disorder in both the young and the grown up.

 

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discussion1984 | Salutatorian

Posted October 29, 2012 at 2:04 AM (Answer #39)

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The advantages are that you can find a lot that you could at any library online and that you can communicate with people in seconds accross the globe.

The disadvantages are that much of the stuff on the net is not of the same quality that is found in libraries, and the negative aspects of human communication such as abuse and bullying are made easier with the internet because unless you're looking at IP addresses, you can remain anonymous. There's also a greater opportunity for invasions of privacy by companies, hackers, and especially government.

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plshelpme | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted November 4, 2012 at 8:08 PM (Answer #49)

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The internet can be both helpful and hindering to people of all ages. 

 For children, the internet provides a vast library of knowledge.  Students literally have the world at their fingertips.  Any topic can be researched at any time, day or night.  The internet also makes learning the textbook content more interesting by offering games and short videos that students may watch and interact with.

  For adults, it is still a wonderful resource for information about diseases, world news, parenting tips, and many other things.  Again, adults, like children, can research any topic at any time.  There are also games on the internet, as well as forums and groups, that cater to the interests of individuals.  Many adults choose to shop online instead of going to the mall or department stores.

The internet, however, can be harmful to children and adults in quite a few ways.  Online predators are always out preying on children who will willing give away their personal information.  Children may also "stumble" across sites that are inappropriate for them.  Some problems for adults that are caused by the internet are pornography, lack of real-life relationships, laziness, and gambling.

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susdas | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted July 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM (Answer #44)

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Advantages & disadvantages for children or adult using internet usually differs according to the child/adult as well as his vary family.

The advantages can be :

  • A source of education for students
  • Chat rooms, songs and other entertainment
  • Telecommuting.
  • promoting businesses
  • online classes for students
  • customer services and support 

But there are also lots of disadvantages:

Like visiting bad site. Or sitting in the facebook for a long time .. etc

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jjrichardson | Student, College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted August 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM (Answer #45)

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the Internet has entered children's lives and notes some of its potential positive and negative influences on children. Although the Internet's effects on a given child vary based on each child's characteristics and how the child uses the Internet, adults still must have a fundamental understanding of these general potentials. An awareness of the hazards inherent to children's Internet use is essential for all who work with children so they can apply preventive measures and help keep children safe. Whether a child uses the Internet and how a child uses the Internet significantly impact the Internet's influence on him or her. A child's personality and developmental needs also inevitably modify the Internet's influence on him or her.

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tarzan322 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted August 27, 2012 at 1:45 AM (Answer #46)

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Advantages of the internet is that it is a great source of information. You can look up and learn just about anything. It is also a great source of news, and you can verify just about any stories and other topics that you need too. It also makes banking and buying things much easier. And email has all but done in the US Postal service. It's more of another package service like UPS and Fes Ex now.

The disadvantages of the internet are the same for anything man creates. There will always be someone that will find a way to use it to thier advantage for corruption. That means hackers and scammers are everywhere. It has also pretty much caused major problem for copyright holders as just about everything has been pirated. The other major disadvantage that I see is that it is a major distractor, and another probable cause of ADHD. I believe that media in all formsis one of the leadeing causes of ADHD. It simply distracts people from being productive.

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rebekahrocks | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM (Answer #47)

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It is super helpful but if little kids go on it, who knowthwart they can do...BEWARE! Looooooool!

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drtrbrown | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM (Answer #48)

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Advantages and disadvantages of internet use amongst children and adults can be viewed from various angles - objectively, or subjectively. If a person is in favor of technology, then he/she might find more advantages than disadvantages for its use. However, if a person believes in manual work and that technology may one day be used to replace human work, then the he/she may view internet use to be more damaging than good.  In responding to this question, it is my hope to be neutral and state the disadvantages and advantages as matter-of-fact. So here goes...

Internet use has several advantages, of which a few are included below, among children and adults. They are:

1.  It provides access to a wealth of referenced sources and information, as well as, common information from around the globe.

2.  It allows people (i.e. family members, different races and cultures, different economic and social backgrounds, etc.) to connect and exchange ideas, personal and professional experiences, as well as, historical and up-to-date events and activities.

3. It facilitates classroom enrichment activities, opportunities for learning and work, as well as immediate transmittal of critical, or time-based, documents.

Internet use has several disadvantages, of which a few are included below, among children and adults. They are:

1. It can serve as an avenue for predators to find victims.

2. It is available only to families and businesses that have the resources to subscribe to its services, or have access through other locations.

3.  It may cause people to lose track of time and even become severely attached, or addicted, to its use.

 

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lfree3431 | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted January 5, 2013 at 3:26 AM (Answer #50)

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The Internet is a positive and negative resource for children and adults of all ages. It has not only changed the way we research various topics, but has also revolutionized the way we communicate.

For children, I believe the Internet needs to be filtered for some age groups. For example, if a child is below the age of 13, parental monitors need to be exercised to ensure no inappropriate activity is taking place. (chat rooms, social networks, etc.) Even after the age of 13, I believe that the Internet should be monitored closely because of the vulnerability of young children. They have a tendency to post all of their information on these networks for everyone to see. They take for granted that once information is posted, anyone can see it, especially potential employers. In our school, we've had numerous problems with students and social networks. 

Although I've mainly addressed concerns that deal with children, I believe the same problems could occur for adults as well. If adults are not cautious, the Internet could become addictive.

Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages that could apply to both children and adults:

Advantages:

  • Access to online libraries
  • Various educational programs like Edmoto
  • Music
  • Videos
  • Immediate feedback 
  • Online classes

 

Disadvantages:

  • It can be expensive(home use)
  • Limited availability in some rural areas
  • Validity of sources; anyone can create a webpage
  • Internet predators (chat rooms)
  • Viruses
  • Addictive(shopping, gambling, pornography)
  • Potential for limited communication skills
  • Easy access for plagerism
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Wiggin42 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 29, 2014 at 6:03 PM (Answer #70)

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Advantages:

1. Apart from getting information through internet, e-commerce slowly and steadily captured the almost 75% of the business. Online business opened the gates of  globalization to a next level.

2. It widely helped the non profit organization to do their work effectively. Emergency situations are handled quickly and promptly and saved many lives.

Disadvantages:

1. Too much of anything is not good. Too much information and too little privacy can be dangerous to  youth.

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 6:02 PM (Answer #71)

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This can be a benefit and a curse, the internet for all ages allows vast knowledge to be found but many times too many people use this as an easy way to find out answers and what to do. But with this method many times people do not know how to retain the information they receive. This can also ruin eye sight from staring at the computer for so long. 

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acompanioninthetardis | TA , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 7:16 PM (Answer #72)

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advantages: 

learn more

disadvantages: harmful things may be taught to children via ads on  pages, etc...

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crystaltu001 | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted July 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM (Answer #73)

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            The advantages of using the internet is that you can download pictures, music, games, and many more things. The internet is also a useful resource to people to are doing projects or homework. It can also be used to look up things you need or want to read. You can do online shopping with the internet. There are a lot of things you are able to do on the internet. You can even make many friends on the internet based on what you like. And you can search up almost anything on the internet. You can also read and watch the news on the internet.

The disadvantages of the internet is it can ruin your eyesight for staring at the screen for a long amount of time. Sometimes the information could be wrong, there is sometimes a lot of wrong information on the internet. It is also easy to waste a lot of time on the internet, using the internet can be fun but some people can't seem to stop.

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arrellbelle | TA , College Sophomore | Valedictorian

Posted July 19, 2014 at 3:34 PM (Answer #74)

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Advantages:

  • An abundance of information is readily available with just a click.
  • Rather than depending on libraries, everything is available online.
  • Interaction with different people does not just mean around your area, but with people of different nations.
  • People could connect with others, in terms of friendship or love.

Disadvantages:

  • Since anyone can post anything without restriction, information can be wrong and therefore, it is up to your judgement.
  • There are many predators out there who are waiting for innocent victims and frame them, fraud, or harass.
  • Can be addicting and can cause obesity in many children or adults.
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udonbutterfly | TA , College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted August 14, 2014 at 2:56 AM (Answer #75)

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Some advantages for children would be that they are  presented with a lot of learning opportunities out side school. However the disadvantage of a kid using the internet would be the click on some they are not suppose to and risk getting a virus of the computer, or being exposed to something they are to young to comprehend.

Some advantages of adults using the internet would be that it becomes easier to work efficiently and seek different job options. Also with the use of the internet adults can find material that better their lives. However the disadvantage is that some adults may manipulate the internet for evil.

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atyourservice | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted August 14, 2014 at 11:42 PM (Answer #76)

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The internet can sometimes lead people away from the reality of life. Some people prefer to live their lives on the internet instead of dealing with reality.

Also it can lead away from responsibilities. I am ashamed of admitting this but I procrastinate on my homework a lot because i spend too much time on the compute.

The internet can also lead people to offenders and websites that a kid wouldn't otherwise see if they werent online.

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atyourservice | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted August 14, 2014 at 11:44 PM (Reply #1)

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Another disadvantage would be the fact that if you spend too much time online you can experience vision loss.

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kevin0001 | TA , Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted August 15, 2014 at 3:34 AM (Answer #77)

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There are many advantages and disadvantages of internet uses for all ages. Some advantages are that you can communicate with loved ones through the internet. You can play games, read, or watch movies. You can use the internet for work whether its for your job or for homework. The internet is great for projects and learning. People can watch / read the news online and buy stuff.

For the disadvantages, the internet can be addicting and can damage your health. Staring at the computer screen too much can harm you eyes and can eventually make your eye sight bad so you would have to wear glasses. You can get tricked to buying the wrong items and losing money through some lying websites. Some websites are also inappropriate for children to see or read. The internet can get you side tracked when doing work.

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nishu2766 | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted August 18, 2014 at 12:11 PM (Answer #79)

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Anyone who says that computers are bad for kids or teach them not to think either does not have children or does not work in education.

Advantages:

We live in a computer age.  By exposing kids to computers at young ages, they are exposed to a skill that adults are having to catch up to. Children will be able to keep up in the Information Age and will do so successfully.

Another advantage involves the amount of information available via the Internet. Some smaller, rural schools may not have the same tangible resources as larger schools. Computers help level the playing field by allowing all students to have access to different ideas, thoughts, and materials they would not otherwise have.

A lot of educational material that can be used to supplement curriculum material is available via the Internet, too. Additionally, because not all students learn the same way, computers can offer a variety of ways to teach materials, be it through graphic organizers (kidsperation), visually "seeing" a product on screen and being able to "move it" via copy/paste, or other ways.  

Computers can also help students who might be unable to see a blackboard, students with visual disabilities. A lot of programs are available that "talk" to students or tell them what is on a screen, opening up a whole world of possibilities. Computer screens and fonts can be adjusted to allow students to see them, too, giving these students another chance at learning.

Students can be interactive learners with computers. They may read, do activities, play educational games and learn. They can ask for help from others or develop penpals from other countries, thus learning about other cultures. They may be able to virtually visit places that they would otherwise never have the chance to visit. So many children have no concept of what an ocean is because their parents cannot afford to take them, but with a computer they can see it and understand. The possibilities are endless.

The disadvantages do exist, though.  Students must be educated about the dangers that exist; computers are not babysitters.  Children need to be guided about the good that computers can do and led to use computers in a way that can be productive; just because a computer can load WoW doesn't mean that's the best use of time.

Speaking of time, children must learn to balance their time on the computer. Too much time spent on the computer can be dangerous because it interferes with other physical activities that can help them be balanced individuals.

And of course, there are lots of Not Good things on computers that children must be shielded from and later, when they are older, explained.  This might make for uncomfortable conversations.

Last, the disadvantage of computers is that they are not available to all children's educations.  This will mean that later, there is an inbalance in the amount of computer knowledge and there will be a group of adults who are scared of computers or are ignorant about the possibilities because they were neve

r exposed to them.

 
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arfiyatinfifi | Student | eNoter

Posted September 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM (Answer #62)

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The advantages of the internet, we can get many knowledges fastly, as soon as possible, we can buy something without go out our house, we can meet with old friends,etc. while the disadvantages are the internet spend much our time, because we can be addicted with internet. Then, the children grow up fastly, because there are porn contain in internet.
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bullbudder | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted October 21, 2012 at 8:09 AM (Answer #63)

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internet is a mirror 

if you want to see good u are lucky

and if u want to see bad 

thats the dis-advantage

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clyoon | TA , Grade 12 | Honors

Posted August 15, 2014 at 8:28 AM (Answer #78)

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Some advantages of internet use for both children and adults are:

The internet helps learning. There are so many websites online (Khan academy, enotes, youtube, and much more) that assist people who want to learn more about anything. There is so much information out on the internet in every subject that is available to everyone who wants it. Internet makes research easier because you don't have to look through millions of pages of books to find something. You can look at online databases and find it through filtered searches, and it makes your job a lot easier. 

Disadvantages of internet use are:

It doesn't help you if you're using it for social media things like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Why? Because social media can decrease a person's ability to focus and read long-passaged readings. It can also help people get addicted to online games, pornography, social websites, and it can help people gain weight with all the time they end up spending on the computer. 

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asmathwiz | Student | Honors

Posted February 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM (Answer #65)

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advantage: research

disadvantage: gets you nearsighted

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ayy-dee | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted March 1, 2012 at 9:58 PM (Answer #67)

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everything has its advantages and disadvantages depends on how the individual uses it

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rupert221 | eNoter

Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:12 PM (Answer #68)

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I think were gonna be super knowledgable but feel connected and alone

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patelmilia98 | Student, Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:09 AM (Answer #69)

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some are good and some are bad

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