Though the internet has positive impacts on modern society, it has also caused various societal concerns about privacy, security, harassment of children, and teenager’s attitude toward the outside world. The Internet is a part of today’s culture and like other technology can help improve teenager’s behavior in a positive or negative way.
In this context, a new published study carried by researches from Oman has highlighted the evolving of technology in impacting the individual’s life and especially teenagers as they are vulnerable to change and spend increasingly long hours on-line using social media, chatting, studying, shopping and many other activities.
This research published in Journal of Internet Social Networking and Virtual Communities discussed the extent to which the Internet can affect the behavior of Omani teenagers.
The research highlights many hidden aspects in teenagers’ online usage concerning illegal downloading, inappropriate content and discussion with strangers, hacked, harassed and many other illegal activities that affect badly the behavior of teenagers in their education and their relationship with the outside world.
Researchers of the study provided many valued recommendation to solve this spreading phenomenon. They advise parents to monitor their children’s use of internet and make sure they access appropriate content and limit children’s time spent with computers, video games, and other media to perhaps no more than one to two hours a day. In addition to the extent of time, the types of activities children engage in while using computers can also affect their intellectual, social, and psychological well-being.
It is also recommended to emphasize alternative activities such as imaginative play and sports that improve children’s skills and also online games that children can play with their parents and friends. Such activities will make children spend more time together and serve the purpose of keeping children closer to their loved ones.
The research concludes that parents, teachers, other adults who work with teenagers and tanagers themselves need media literacy training to become safe and use computer in a safe way and for good purposes. Such training can help users understand the motives underlying various types of content on the Web. Researchers strongly suggests that media literacy training can result in young people becoming less vulnerable to the negative aspects of media exposure and more able to make good choices about how they spend their time on computers.