1. Introduction

The Internet has
become all pervasive in the lives of young people. According to Whatl.com, The
Internet, sometimes called simply “the Net,” is a worldwide system of
computer networks – a network of networks in which users at any one computer
can, if they have permission, get information from any other computer (and
sometimes talk directly to users at other computers). It is undeniable that
Internet has many benifits such as entertaining, communicating, learning or
providing new oppotunities, etc. Therefore, more and more people are using
Internet, especially young people. Besides some advantages, the Internet itself
also brings numerous disadvantages to people and Internet addiction is a
serious problem for teenagers. Thus, this paper, with the aim of providing the
public an overview of some negative Internet inlfluences and some ways to
tackle them.

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2. Discussion of findings

2.1. The Internet effects on Psychology.

The direct and
most typical impacts of the Internet are the ones regarding the victims’
psychology. Recent researches have exposed the link between online bullying and
the Internet. Cyberbullying is an aggressive behavior using electronic means. Such behaviors can make
young people feel lonely, unhappy, frightened, hopeless, worthless, and insecure
and think that something is wrong. They lose confidence in their selves and may
not want to go back to school or try to find ways to be isolated from their
friends. Furthermore, in extreme cases, continuous, persistent and intense
bullying has led to terrible consequences such as suicide intent. According to
the Cyberbullying Research Center(2016), which had been survevyed 5700 students
between the ages of 12 and 17 in the US, approximately 34% of the students in the
sample report experiencing cyberbullying in their lifetimes. When asked about
specific types of cyberbullying experienced in the previous 30 days, mean or
hurtful comments (22.5%) and rumor spread (20.1%) online continue to be among
the most commonly-cited. Harassment among children and adolescents may occur in
very different forms not only manifested through roughhouse and aggression, but
also through different types of intimidation that leaves the victim exposed. In
addition, cyberbullying can exert drastic effects on the victims’ physical
health. In his article, Duverge(2015) mentioned that drug and alcohol abuse can
be caused when young people were bullied and agree that online bullying has
increased the risk of subtance use at an early age among the victims. Another
disastrous impact influenced by the Internet is Cybersuicide. Cybersuicide has
caught the attention of the scientific community from the time that the
recorded incidents of suicide are growing over the Internet. People who do not
know each other come together, meet online and then they are gathered in a
certain place in order to commit suicide together. For example, one of the most
popular online games called “The Blue Whale” which encourages people to kill
themselves. According to The Sun- a popular newspaper in the UK, at least 130
teen deaths across Russia link to this game. Once engaged, the players will
have no way back. The Blue Whale chanllenge sets out series of different tasks
for players ranging from using knives or blades to create whale-like
silhonettes on their wrists or watching horror films day and night. On the last
day of the trial, by suicide, the players wil be admitted as a winner.

The Internet effects on Physics

As children spend more time in front of
computer monitors, they typically spend less time in physical activities. According
to CNN Health(2017), children up to age 8 spend an average of 2 hours and 19
minutes every day on screen media and for 8- to 12-year-olds, the average time
spent using screen media every day was 4 hours and 36 minutes, so children who
spend a great amount of time on the Internet also engage more in other
sedentary behaviors. The sedentary lifestyle associated with computer usage can
be a prime risk factor for obesity, according to clinical psychologist
Kaleyvani Geeseeny Sawnmy, author of “The impact of Internt use on
Children/Adolescent”. In a study published in the PMC, it was discovered that those who spent the most time on a
computer were 1.5 times more likely to be overweight and 2.5 more likely to be
obese than those who did not use a computer at all. Even those children
computer users who had high levels of physical activity were 1.86 times more
likely to be overweight or obese than people who spent no time on computers.
The Internet not only contributes to physical inactivity but commercials
and other programs also encourage us to eat more. It takes away from the time
children spend on physical activities and also leads to increased energy intake
through snacking and eating meals in front of the computer. Those habits of
“sit time” and “snacks”, and also product advertisements online, influence
children to make unhealthy food choices. Futhermore, computer use is linked to
both repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel and eye strain. According to
a survey which was mentioned in “Internet Use and its Impact on Individual
Physical Health”, Internet users commonly complaint about dry eyes(73.7%),
declining eyesight(64.1%), cervical pain(48.1%), and other things. The Internet,
on the other hand, affects on the student’s academic performance. For instant, online
games or Social media sites totally distract children from studying. Instead of
listening carefully what teachers say in class, youngsters often think or chat
with their friends about how they can improve their ability in the games or
where are they going to hang out in their cyber world and so on. Moreover,
after school, they just go straight to the computers, ignoring their homework
and lessons to review, letting their grades lower more and more. Furthermore,
teenagers may use the Internet to cheat during the exams. According to the data
from a survey about using cellphone to cheating in the exams, 45%  of students are believed to use the cellphone
to access the Internet and 20% admitted that they’d allready done this.


There are many
ways to solve and prevent the harm of the Internet to youngsters. Social
networking sites such as Facebook, Youtube, Instagram need more control over
posts that have a harmful effect on children’s innocent brain, as well as
self-inducing seduction or violence. In addition, online games should not have
high-violent games and games that are brain-thinking, brain development for
children should be created is much better. Besides, the family also plays an
important role in training children to use computers properly as well as guide
children useful information.Moreover, families also need to care about
children’s lives and feelings more, confide in them more to create more love,
not to make them lonely. On the other hand, the internet users themselves need
to have an objective view on this matter. They should know how to use the
internet properly and in the right way. They should also spend time outdoors,
meeting friends instead of sitting in front of the computer screen for hours.