The Internet has Made Children Smarter

The Internet has Made Children Smarter

ABSTRACT

This research is about how children are smarter today because of the internet. Children have now more access to information making them score better in their tests. In the research paper, different ways in which children are smarter because they have access to the internet are looked into. An assumption during this research was that most children have unlimited access to the internet at some point in their lives. During the research, a fact was kept in mind that smart does not equate to genius but better performance in school, use of language and socially. The results were indeed children were smarter because of the internet because they had better language command and use, better grades and more social than children who had no access to the internet.

Keywords: Internet, Children.

 

Technology is deemed to be both harmful, as it is helpful to children nowadays.  It has made children smarter because they have access to more information than before, and the brain develops complex skills at an early age. Children also learn how to choose from a multitude of choices at an early age. Children who have access to the internet are smarter because they develop faster not only intellectually but socially too.

Smarter children do not mean genius. It means that children of today think better and faster than those who grew without the internet. Most children now have an online history by the time they join preschool. They engage their brains at a very young age to complex tasks and thereby improving their cognitive ability. They also improve their critical thinking skills because the internet provides a lot of information, and these children learn to pick out the most relevant. They also have a better understanding of virtual and real worlds. Online reading enhances skills that traditional reading might fail too. This is because for one to access information on the internet, it takes some skills correctly pinpoint the information and synthesizes the information.

Children who use the internet have an enterprising approach to gathering information and perform better in units that require visual tasks.  Their language use and command get better too because of the endless vocabulary on the internet. Fluency in whatever language they study in and some children also exhibit a jump in IQ. Old school reading did not expose children to as many words as the internet does. Therefore, children who use the internet have better command of language- not just the language they use but any language in the world they choose to learn.

The internet is a wide resource for any information the children look for. The information might not always be good for them, but they are informed more than children of the same age and h have no access to the internet. Research can be done on the web, on any topic, therefore equipping children with a lot of information on different subjects from the moment they can read. It also improves their imagination skills because information on the internet is sometimes supported with videos and pictures.

In conclusion, children who grew up in the internet era are smarter both intellectually and socially. The sea of information the internet provides ensures that children are extensively knowledgeable in different fields. They also have critical thinking skills and a proactive approach to language. Socially, they socialize more, with people all over the world, sharing information in the process, making them smarter. Language use and fluency is improved too in children who use the internet because they are exposed to different vocabularies at a young age.

 

 

 

 

 

Annotated bibliography

Graham, L., & Metaxas, P. T. (2003). Of course it’s true; I saw it on the Internet!: critical thinking in the Internet era. Communications of the ACM, 46(5), 70-75.

This article talks about how the internet helps children to engage in complex activities at a young age, therefore, improving their cognitive abilities, making them smarter. It also talks about how their critical thinking skills improve because they have to go through a lot of information before they find what they are looking for.

Large, A., & Beheshti, J. (2000). The Web as a classroom resource: Reactions from the users. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 51(12), 1069-1080.

Vocabulary improves because of the different and endless words on the internet. Children are exposed to all these words and become better at language use than those children who are not exposed to the net. They also perform better in units that require visual tasks like reading because using the internet requires a skill where a child can surf to get the right information.

McMillan, S. J., & Morrison, M. (2006). Coming of age with the internet a qualitative exploration of how the internet has become an integral part of young people’s lives. New media & society, 8(1), 73-95.

This article talks about the Internet as an education resource. Unlike old school reading, here children have access to more than enough reference materials, keeping them equipped with a lot of information. The information is not necessarily what is needed in school but also on other subjects around the world, making them smarter.

 

 

References

Graham, L., & Metaxas, P. T. (2003). Of course it’s true; I saw it on the Internet!: critical thinking in the Internet era. Communications of the ACM, 46(5), 70-75.

Large, A., & Beheshti, J. (2000). The Web as a classroom resource: Reactions from the users. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 51(12), 1069-1080.

McMillan, S. J., & Morrison, M. (2006). Coming of age with the internet a qualitative exploration of how the internet has become an integral part of young people’s lives. New media & society, 8(1), 73-95.

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