Impact of Internet on Children

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THE IMPACT OF INTERNET USE ON CHILDREN/ADOLESCENTS
By Miss Kaleyvani Geeseeny Sawmy Clinical Psychologist

Children’s motives


Few studies have been conducted – that can explain people’s motives for using internet. Research suggest that children use media for entertainment and relaxation purposes (to relieve boredom, to play games, or for social interaction) however little is known about what really motivate children to use Internet.



Adolescents’ motives


Use the Internet more for social interaction Social identity, peer interactions, and relationships become increasingly important - thus, it is likely that they become more interested in the Internet for communication purposes, such as e-mail or chat As they mature,
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Internet addiction, like any other addiction, has signs and symptoms. Signs of an addicted person:















they deprive themselves of sleep in order to spend more time on-line neglect other important activities such as work, family and friends, or socializing in general to surf the Internet. losing track of time while on-line, or people close to you complain about the amount of time spent on-line, logging on while already busy with something else (work, family time, etc.)(Cochran, 1996)

Internet Addiction Disorder


Internet addiction disorder refers to the problematic use of the Internet, including the various aspects of its technology, such as electronic mail (e-mail) and the World Wide Web. Internet addiction disorder is not listed in the mental health professional's handbook, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , fourth edition, text revision (2000), which is also called the DSM. Internet addiction has, however, been formally recognized as a disorder by the American Psychological Association.







According to Dr. Kimberly S. Young, assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, the vulnerables are those who are lonely, bored, depressed, introverted, lack self esteem, or have a history of addictions. Studies show that Overuse of the Internet can genuinely restrain teenagers' experiences in life, their performance academically, overall happiness, and
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