Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Use and Abuse of the Internet by Adolescents

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Use and Abuse of the Internet by Adolescents

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Global internet utilization has rapidly revolutionized access to knowledge and means of communication for billions of humans. Such growth has stimulated research in both positive and negative aspects of this contemporary technology. Modem internet use includes various forms of resources and social networking such as e-mail, Facebook, My Space, twitter, sexting, chat rooms, blogging, gaming, others. This presentation considers current adolescent internet use and abuse in order to help clinicians appreciate potential negative consequences of internet abuse; this includes "addiction" to or dependence on this technology to the detriment of other aspects of the youth's life, being victims of sexual abuse by others, stalking by the teens themselves, bullying activity, access to pornographic sites, online gambling, and others. Early 21st century adolescents have grown up with this technology and are very savvy regarding its use for socialization, playing computer video games, and even internet gambling. Excessive or pathologic internet use is encouraged by this technology that is convenient, affordable, and can be anonymous. Youth can live out fantasy lives in World of War Craft or Second Life. Current research suggests that 20% of the world's youth are involved in internet addiction and abuse. …

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