From the beginning of time when mankind inhabited the Earth for the first time, humanity has made a long leap in technology. It is because of mankind's continuous search for knowledge and making the world an easier place to live in, that humans have been able to invent and discover new things. Out of this continuous search for knowledge, the Internet was invented by a group of people, which is a key tool in today's society for information and entertainment. The Internet helps humans tremendously by becoming a very common and powerful tool that helps bring the world closer. The Internet provides some of the most effective means of communication. The Internet is starting to be used in mass ...view middle of the document...
According to a 2005 study report by the Pew Research Center states that in fact, 87 percent of 12- to 17-year-old are now online, which is a 24 percent increase over the previous four years” (Pew Research Center). Many parents are worried that children are not using the Internet for its best needs, but there is no reason for worry. A study by Michigan State University psychologist Linda Jackson, PhD, showed in her study that children with home Internet usage received better scores on standardized tests and higher GPA's than children that did not have access to Internet at home” (Buzzle). Other researchers in this field of study have discovered that having access to the Internet at home encourages children to be more self-directed learners. While children can become smarter from the Internet with its information resources, children can also become more socialized and aware of the world through the Internet.
The plethora of resources on information in the Internet can help children be more socialized because of a heightened awareness of the world and through advice on the various websites. For example, the news of the world can make a child more aware of what is happening around them. The Internet allows children to read multiple articles on that certain story and read opinions of other people on various forums, becoming more informative about the world and also developing social skills by interacting with different kinds of people on the Internet. The Internet has almost made it possible for “it to become common practice to seek assistance from the web in order to research and gather resources for homework, office presentations, and supplement ones own research. The web also updates news about the latest breakthroughs in the field of medicine, technology, and other domains of science” (Buzzle). Children could also receive advice from people on the Internet about love and relationship matters, increasing the social knowledge of many children. Not only aiding children in developed countries become smarter and more socialized, children in third world countries can receive
the same knowledge as first world countries through the Internet. With more than 100 million kids in the world with no schooling, the One Laptop Per Child organization would change that. In two villages in Ethopia, personal computer tablets were given to children who were illiterate.
Once a week, a technician visits the villages and swaps out memory cards so that researchers can study how the machines were actually used. After several months, the kids in both villages were still heavily engaged in using and recharging the machines, and had been observed reciting the “alphabet song,” and even spelling words. One boy, exposed to literacy games with animal pictures, opened up a paint program and wrote the word “Lion.”
The experiment is being done in two isolated rural villages with about 20 first-grade-aged children each, about 50 miles from Addis Ababa. Children ...