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Now that it’s the start of a new school year, let’s take a look at how the Internet affects students in terms of academic performance and behavior.

Today, almost everyone is connected to the internet. Even children can be found engrossed in their own tablets and students nowadays have their own cellphones. So it’s no wonder why the Internet have immensely woven itself in the lives of people, relying on the ‘net for many things such as socialization, study, entertainment, and current events.

For students, spending a lot of time on the Internet can do more harm than good. The internet really affects students both negatively and positively. While the internet can be a reliable resource to help them with homework and school project, things can easily turn downhill when time on the internet overtakes time for study and school.

Let’s take a look at how the internet affects students negatively:

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How the Internet Affects Students — Performance and Behavior

  1. Face to face social skills are not exercised. At this stage of students’ life, they are learning about the world around them. While the Internet is supposed to bring people together, the fact that people only talk online instead of making an effort to meet each other is sending wrong messages to students and children. The internet affects students by depriving them of face-to-face, genuine communications that can teach t
  2. Decreasing creativity. Because everything can be found on the internet, students don’t have to make more efforts or look for more ways to know the answer to homework, or even to their own questions. With the internet, they don’t need to pay any more attention, or think, or make more effort, because everything they need to know is just within a click of a button.
  3. Time is spent on the internet instead of studying. There’s what is called nonessential internet use, when people tend to aimlessly surf the internet for information that they can’t even retain or remember after hours in a session. That’s what students do as well. The time in front of the computer is like being sucked in a black hole and this time would’ve been better spent doing more worthwhile and productive things that help hone students’ minds and skills.
  4. Less family time. Excessive internet usage also steals away time for family. For example, instead of enjoying dinner time together, children are engrossed in their devices even while on the dining table.
  5. Staying up late. Some students stay up late at night just poring over random things on the internet. This is very harmful to the growing minds of students. Also, when they wake up the next day, they have low energy and tend to not pay attention or even fall asleep in class.
  6. Sedentary lifestyle. Students, especially young children, need to be active. This is another way for them to develop their minds and bodies. However, being on the internet most of the time keeps them inactive, just seated on their chairs or even lying down when they should have been outdoors playing with friends.
  7. Tendency for internet addiction.Those who spend more time on line have an increased risk for developing internet addiction, which can derail the focus and the life of students. The internet affects students by feeding them with mindless data that can suck them in, making them vulnerable to getting addicted.
  8. Cheating. Homework and other school projects can be copied right off the internet, making cheating very easy to do with just a few clicks. Academic fraud and plagiarism is common in school when students can look for ready-made answers on the internet. This kind of behavior breeds a culture of cheating and easy ways out of any problem.
  9. Moral corruption. Everything can be found on the internet–and this also is true for inappropriate things. Students who are always on the internet are exposing themselves to material that can corrupt them. These things can result to bad mental and behavioral development in these students. In this case, the internet affects students by feeding them unfiltered information that are harmful for them.

All these said, it’s up to both parents and teachers to ensure that students have limited access to internet and materials on the web. It is also up to them to ensure that students are using their time on the web responsibly.


Do you have children who have behavioral changes due to excessive time on the internet? Watch out for them, or better yet, call us at Bridges of Hope at 09175098826 for counseling and treatment options.

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