Are Children Smarter In the Internet Era

Most young children in the United States have access to touch screen devices. Using these devices are more engaging because the child is using more senses at the same time such as touching the screen to watch and hears actions, which might lead to better educational outcomes. Dr. Michael Levine, the executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, conducted a study to compare how children learn using traditional books versus e-readers. Dr. Levine stated that young children using traditional books were more focused, attentive, and showed literacy skills than e-readers and affirmed that 50% of the United States 10-year-olds children read poorly.

The Debate

I decided to take the debate to a different level away from literature by randomly asking ten parents these questions:

  1. Does using the Internet make your children smarter?

  2. Does using the Internet make your children socially isolated?

  3. Does using the Internet make your kids depressed?

  4. Does using the Internet improve your child school performance?

The Results

The results generated were that 65% of parents support the idea of the smart internet association while 35% of parents rejected the idea totally. The supportive parents made their opinion based on the following points:

  1. Books do not have all the information that the child need.

  2. Browsing the Internet generates many choices and results about the researchable subject.

  3. The internet gives children many different learning websites, apps, educational shows, and videos.

  4. Children can learn using more senses and educational style.

  5. Communicating with different people from different cultures enhance the children vision and socialization skills.

  6. Using the internet improves the children typing, punctuation, paragraphing and sentence structure techniques.

The Opinions

The parents that rejected the idea made their opinion based on the following points:

  1. The Internet provides wrong information on many occasions while the library holds more authentic and accurate information from books.

  2. The Internet provides a quick and easy answer for a child while doing his homework. This method kills the child ability to think outside the box and the child searching and analyzing ability.

  3. The Internet learning concentrates on the child writing skills and ignores the speaking skills.

The subject is debatable between acceptance and denial, and as a parent, what do think is more appropriate for your child?