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2 April, 2021 06:47:02 PM




Araf, a third-grade student in government science school, Dhaka, Bangladesh and his grandfather began to say a story! But, taking the grandfather's words away, Araf began to say the tale on his own. Retired Mr.

Jahangir, 78-year-old grandfather, was astounded and asked how you knew this story. Then he said that he was aware of the story thanks to the wonders of the internet. Not only that, but philosophical adage and life lessons piqued our children's interest and curiosity about important topics are getting from internet. It is astonishing compared to the age that they are now knowing much earlier.

The TV application is not as appealing to this generation's children as it was in the past. The most of the day is spent on the internet by infants and children. Employed parents and housewives are both occupied with household chores. To keep their kids at home, they used to share android phones so they could watch cartoons, play games, and watch videos on YouTube which is now quite common scenario in Bangladesh. While a baby or child holds an android phone, their attention is drawn to the internet. They are no longer bothered to anymore.

One out of every three internet users in the world is a child, but according to The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World, nothing is being done to protect them from the risks of the digital world, to safeguard the trail of information their online activities leave behind, and to increase their access to secure and quality online content need to take some necessary initiatives.

Internet-addicted children are exposed to a range of posts, videos, and news. It can have a huge effect on one's mental picture at times. They are naturally concerned with everything, but their academic output is declining. They often search after searching on the internet instead of academic books. As a result, academic achievement is causing a great deal of mental turmoil, even though the pattern of remembering any scanty thing is diminishing which is presumed of have been over operating of internet usage in early ages. Recently a study claimed in Bangladesh that Internet non addiction students are better emotional maturity than net addict students which genuinely very compulsive sign of future.

This unusual peer pressure pushes kids to become more interested and active in cutting-edge technology. Adolescents are especially vulnerable at this point, as they are grappling with identity crises. Curiosity drives children to try to uncover more and more facets of something different, and the internet is never-ending, feeding children's curiosity in a big way. Cyberspace becomes a Transitional environment in which people can communicate their latent desires and anonymity reduces dis-inhibition. On the internet, defensive mechanisms such as displacement and projection are commonly shown. One of the factors contributing to the increase of internet addiction may be a genetic predisposition to addictive behavior.

Excessive internet usage among students, who are not yet mentally mature enough to adapt to their social setting, has placed them at risk of developing an addiction to the internet. Higher levels of recreational internet usage are closely linked to low academic performance, anxiety, and depression.

Every day, more than 175,000 children go online for the first time – one every half second, according to UNICEF. A research was conducted by North South University's Department of Public Health with 279 secondary students from two Chittagong private schools. 2.51 percent of students tend to have serious internet addiction, and 64.87 percent appear to be at risk of developing such behavior.

To ensure higher quality and more equal student outcomes, a preventive measure against internet addiction should be taken by considering a few factors. In Bangladesh, female students have a higher rate of internet addiction than male students. It's possible that this is due to the fact that female students have less chances to participate in extracurricular activities.

The more real-life relationships you have, the less you'll rely on the internet for social interaction. Students without siblings are also found to be at a higher risk of developing a serious internet addiction. These students may be lonely and easily bored, and there may be no one at home with whom they can interact after school. As a result, parents should devote more time to their single child in order to reduce the amount of time spent on the internet. In comparison to grade ten students, grade nine students are found to be more addicted. It's possible that this is due to the fact that grade nine students are less involved in academics than grade ten students. Apart from that, we discovered that students in Bangla medium schools are more addicted to the internet than students in English medium schools.

The consequences of internet addiction are becoming more prevalent in society. As a result, it is important to discuss and react to the reality of internet addiction and, to avoid its rapid spread. The internet can never be regarded as a bad thing. Its application is determined by the individual's subjective experience. It is a wonderful source of contact and, above all, information that can help students at this age become better prepared and on par with other students around the world. Parents may restrict or supervise their children's access to the internet. Aside from that, depending on the situation, parents may change their parenting style and follow a democratic and authoritative style.

At this era, the youth should be made aware of the internet and all of its implications. Students should also be aware of how excessive use of the internet will damage their academic performance. Without personal initiative, it is not possible to prevent this disaster with the policy.

Writer is from Department of Economics, Jahangirnagar University. Freelance Data Journalist & Researcher. E-mail: [email protected]


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