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The Effects of the Internet on Children’s Intelligence

The importance of the Internet in modern-day life cannot be overlooked. The Internet has served numerous purposes since its conception and it has revolutionized virtually all industries including technology and manufacturing. However, it can be argued from several perspectives that the Internet possesses both positive and negative implications, and as such, it is widely considered a two-faced phenomenon. This essay will primarily focus on both the upside and downside of the Internet in relation to children’s intelligence and then attempt to draw a line between those aspects of the Internet that prove to be helpful in the long run and those that are disadvantageous to children’s wellbeing.


To begin with, the Internet has led to improvement in children’s cognitive skills. The latter generally refers to those particular skills that are linked to thinking and awareness, and are essentially required to comprehend language and numbers. Additionally, they are responsible for influencing reasoning and consequently solving analytical problems. The use of computers more so the Internet focuses a lot on visual intelligence skills including spatial, iconic and visual attention skills (Subrahmanyam et al. 156). Looking at computer applications especially online games, it can be safely concluded that the latter are designed to accentuate visual as opposed to verbal processing of information. Furthermore, as Judge asserts, children between 10 and 11 years old who are proficient gamers exhibit a high sense of visual memory and self-assessment (21). Moreover, children who play games often tend to improve their visual-intelligence skills which are a sound foundation for computer literacy. For example, young children are highly likely to acquire visual attention skills by playing computer games. Consequently, such skills allow for multi-tasking which enables children to develop iconic skills to read and manipulate diagrams both in two and three dimensions (Tsitsika 39).

Secondly, the Internet serves as a primary tool for the achievement of academic excellence. The evolution of computers and the Internet has been pivotal in serving as a rich source of infinite amounts of information. Children use the Internet to find information that may be relevant to their schoolwork. Additionally, they resort to the Internet when they want to learn something necessary that may not be easily found in the written material provided to them by their teachers. One may argue that its incessant use in the classroom environment is quite vital in enhancing group discussions and share ideas among children (Bizarre Reality and Impact of Internet). Moreover, it fosters unity among children by encouraging them to work together. Livingstone holds a similar view, arguing that some materials found on the Internet helps to improve the academic prowess tremendously as well as students’ thinking skills (188). The continuous use of digitized content in school has been established to yield positive results especially where grading is involved. It is no wonder that students who frequent the Internet have an edge over those who do not, and in doing so; they have been known to score high grades and marks in examinations and random assessments (Judge 23).

Furthermore, the Internet has been known to improve students’ research skills. It is a hub of enormous information that is readily available to the public. The information provided is subject to regular updates and reviews. Due to the curiosity exhibited by most children, quite a number of them will seize the chance to access this information in an attempt to seek out and learn a thing or two about the world. According to Jeffries, students are able to polish up their research skills as a result of the research prospects accorded to them by this awesome technological resource. However, this is only possible if a student is fully aware of what he/she is looking for amidst the vast information available. It should also be acknowledged that the Internet is flooded with a lot of conflicting information, concepts, ideologies and suggested frameworks that may prove to be strenuous, deceptive and baffling to the extent of impacting negatively on a student’s intelligence (Walker 92).

In addition to the above, the Internet has been known to increase children’s knowledge.  It is a common habit portrayed by nearly all students to consult the World Wide Web whenever they are confronted with a daunting task that requires promptness in response.  The online resource stimulates students to learn many things by preying on their curiosity hence expanding their knowledge (Sun 58). The fact that the Internet provides a channel for research and an opportunity to dive into daunting topics for further information serves to expand the information available to children. It undoubtedly supplies every person with a voluminous variety of information that is imperative to people’s innovative standard of living. Consequently, the availability of information on the Internet allows children to expand on efficiency by tapping into areas of interest and seeking viable solutions to problems. As such, the capacity to explore, learn and revolutionize is radically amplified. Similarly, the cyberspace allows children to remain up-to-date on all events and occurrences taking place all over the world at any given time. In light of this, children’s knowledge is substantially increased since they are made to be fully aware of what is transpiring in their world (Gackenbach 124).

Additionally, children’s literacy level and concept development are being enhanced by use of the Internet. The progressive growth and development of this technology has proven to be quite useful to humanity. In particular, the Internet revolution is one of the most remarkable developments humankind has achieved. Thus, there is a growing need to keep up with the upcoming trends in order to minimize the digital divide between the literate and illiterate people in society. The Internet has provided handy opportunities for increased literacy levels among users especially children and young adolescents who love gaming and conducting research. Judge supports this argument by asserting that the frequent use of the Internet during childhood promotes the development of essential concepts, assumptions and principles as well as enhancing literacy levels thereby triggering a wave of computer literacy across various platforms with children being on the frontier (20). This situation has increased intelligence levels among children in the sense that they become well-versed with knowledge on how the Internet works and can consequently maneuver through it without sweating a muscle. The literacy levels have further been boosted by the progressive use of computers and Internet in nearly all schools and institutions across the world. Furthermore, most curriculums in quite a number of schools inculcate information technology as a core subject taught at all levels. Doing so has contributed to mental development, such that children are able to distinguish between various technological advancements. For instance, Gackenbach (166) illustrates literacy using an analogy of a mouse, which she compares to an animal; she explains that children who interact with a computer for just a few minutes are able to distinguish it from an animal even if it is their first encounter with a computer.


Nonetheless, it is evident that the Internet has its own fair share of negative impacts especially on children’s intelligence. Quite a number of arguments have been advanced and the evidence is rather irrefutable. Firstly, continuous dependence on the Internet dilutes originality of ideas and deters critical thinking. Arguably, constant dependence on the Internet by various social groups, including children, is appalling, and it lessens their originality and sense of credibility. People hold a different perspectives on what being intelligent and smart is all about. Intelligence basically entails a person’s aptitude and ability to learn whereas smartness is majorly attributed to dependency on acquired conclusions and applications.

The Internet has the effect of reducing the degree and level of intelligence portrayed by children in their day-to-day activities. It has become common for children and adults alike to always rush to search engines such as Google whenever they require solutions to complex problems. The most unfortunate part of this trend is that very few of them pause to allow themselves some room for critical thinking to kick in and possibly to draw out meaningful inferences on how to address the problem (Carr 14). In doing so, the levels of intelligence are diminished considerably since everyone gets used to relying on search engines for solutions. Richardson presents an undisputable fact that students prefer obtaining information related to their respective assignments from the Internet instead of challenging themselves (238). The direness of the situation is augmented when some student plagiarize the work others by passing it off as their own, thereby limiting their level of thinking and painting a gruesome picture in terms of originality and intelligence.

Additionally, the Internet has led to moral decadence. Inappropriate and explicit material such as pornography can easily be found online. Children are susceptible to accessing material that is irrelevant to them out of curiosity and sheer idleness. The lack of filter mechanisms in play on the Internet further aggravates the situation. Children who access such material corrupt their minds with all sorts of despicable ideas especially in a sexual context and this takes a toll by impairing their judgment. This prompts many children to mimic what they see on the Internet and subsequently eroding their minds and behavior. It is crystal clear that websites that advocate for pornographic material are destructive to children’s thinking capacities since they allow them to indulge in sexual behavior exactly as portrayed by the Internet (Bizarre Reality and Impact of Internet). This limits mental growth of the child since the better part of his brain is occupied by filthy ideas hence hindering proper development.

Still on the theme of moral erosion, the Internet has been known to be used as a platform for cyber bulling. Some children use the Internet to harass other kids. They direct all sorts of insults on children of the same age-group, and this often results in depression for victims of the mental harassment. In the West, it is not surprising for one to read news reports of highly intelligent children committing suicide after enduring cyber bulling secretly for a long time. This act is mostly orchestrated by idle children who take pride in sadistic behavior. It paints a bad picture of the Internet and its benefits for children

In addition to the above views, there is a likelihood that the Internet may result to passive-aggressive behavior in children particularly those who play video games that promote violence, vulgarity and promiscuity. It has now become customary for nearly all games to pursue a theme marked with violence and extremism. Such games quickly find favor in the eyes of youngsters as many of them tend to find them thrillingly enjoyable to play. Subsequently, they are influenced to reinforce violent notions by watching movies that overly display violence and moral decadence. Prolonged exposure to such games results in the affected individuals having predisposition for violence. Today’s increase in incidences of violence among children is being attributed to playing such games. For the same reason, many children have started exhibiting have extreme views and principles to the extent that they refuse to conform to widely accepted social norms (Shield and Behrman 30). Owing to this, there is dire need for radical measures to be put in place by parents, guardians, and society at large to guard against irresponsible Internet use among children.

At the same time, the continuous use of the Internet deprives one of the chances to develop communication skills. Over-indulgence on the Internet especially where communication is involved denies one the opportunity to fully develop social skills that are essential for effective and relevant communication. Furthermore, face-to-face communication is highly limited as a result of online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Walker acknowledges that children’s overdependence on social media lessens their chance of developing vital communication skills due to lack of personal touch with the individual whom they are conversing with (88). As such, the corresponding intelligence of proficient analysis and interpretation of facial expressions and gestures becomes thoroughly limited.

Moreover, time wastage is a serious shortcoming of Internet use. This practice may appear to have no negative implications on intelligence, but the truth of the matter is that it hinders emotional intelligence. Most children who spend a lot of time idly surfing the Internet rather than engaging in constructive work that can increase their real-world knowledge (Taylor 48). Such habits, which are analogous to cyber loafing in the workplace, ultimately lead to poor academic performance and by extension lowered emotional intelligence According to Cooper, a decrease in personal interactions between children and their peers produces a corresponding decrease in emotional intelligence (112). The child may enter into a phase of desperation as a result of feeling isolated and left out by the outside world.

A close look into the negative impacts of Internet use in children reveals irrational thinking as an emerging problem (Cooper 113). The influx of social media sites has brainwashed children into thinking that these platforms are the most crucial determinants of happiness in life. They perceive their popularity based on social media activity, and they tend to make poor judgment when revealing certain aspects of their lives to the world. Through the spur of the moment, children are highly likely to make reckless actions on social media thereby prompting ridicule. Such preoccupation with social-media sideshows denies children an opportunity to engage in more constructive activities that are more beneficial to the development of their intelligence (Clinton and Steyer 67). For this reason, there is need for safety measures to be put in place by all parents to educate children on the need to exercise caution when it comes to matters pertaining to social media use.

In conclusion, it is quite evident that the Internet is a tool that can provide bounds for positivity and negativity depending on what use it is put to. The vast expanse of material accessible online has been proven to affect children’s intelligence. Outcomes depend on how children use today’s widely accessible online resources. Regardless of the impact the Internet has on society, children’s intelligence may be said to be determined by two main factors: frequency of Internet use and level of productivity for each user. Everyone in society has an important role to play in determining the benefits that children derive from Internet use.

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