In the former life, people have to subscribe a media, such as newspaper, tabloid, and magazine to get the most update information around the world. During the big advance of technology, people are able to access knowledge and information freely and easily through a media that called internet.
Through the internet, people not only get the information but they are also able to do their daily activities using such helpful thing. Nowadays, Internet is not only a secondary need, for some people internet becomes the main need of their daily life. Unfortunately, not all of the internet users are adult.
Children or teenagers now are able to browse the internet freely, whether in their home or in the internet cafe. Children are fast learner. They can even master the internet literary only by watching their friend or adult browsing the internet.
There are some advantages of internet for the children:
Positive effect on physical development of the children
People may not see the impact of internet to the physical development. However, internet usages give a positive impact to the physical development. According to the knowledge of muscular development and motor control skill, the use of internet that demands the keyboard and mouse usage will naturally enhance the child’s eye-hand coordination and motor skill.
Positive effect on cognitive development
Children who use the Internet show gains in cognitive abilities such as memory, logical problem solving, critical thinking, concentration, abstraction and comprehension. The Internet exposes children to information to improve the quality of learning that they can transform into knowledge. Through the use of the Internet, children’s language and literacy development is often promoted, allowing for greater gains in verbal and nonverbal skills.
Positive effect on social development
Internet cannot and should not replace human interaction or relationships, nor take the place of activities such as sharing verbal conversations with our children or reading together. However, internet allows children to socialize with other children through the use of email, chat rooms, and instant messaging, increasing the development of communication and social skills.