What children do on the Internet

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It turned out that the most coveted gifts — Multifunction iPhones, iPods and aypad to allow use of mobile phones, internet, play games, listen to music. Among other small dreams British — game consoles, camcorders and video games are steep.

10 of the most coveted gifts for kids Christmas 2010 (Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
  1. Smartphone iPhone 4 (14%)
  2. Player iPod touch (13%)
  3. The tablet iPad (12%)
  4. The controller Kinect for Xbox (6%)
  5. Soft toys Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters / Kung Zhu Hamsters (5%)
  6. Camcorder Flip (4%)
  7. Base Laytera costume from the cartoon "Toy Story 3" (4%)
  8. PlayStation Move Controller for PS3 (4%)
  9. The game LEGO Harry Potter (3%)
  10. Camcorder in the form of a Barbie doll (3%)

I do not know anyone interested in such desires Belarusian children. But a lot of communicating with adults Belarusians of the younger generation, I noticed that almost everyone complains zavzyatasts children and adolescents that your computer and the Internet. According to adults, because of this tendency of our kids are getting impatient, lazy and dissolute, prefer playing computer games instead of books, spoil your health and throw their studies.

To find out, they are looking for small and Gorky at the computer, I visited a computer club in the center of Minsk. Very young manager described the tendency of its visitors:

Administrator:
"Many people play online games that you can certainly play at home, but it is necessary to release the license stood on computers, so people come to the clubs. Another mania — a" contact. "People sit out there all day and night. Over years Ten people have been sitting quietly in social networks, create a few pages "

A young clients told the following:

"Play in something to kill time. Those who do not play, drink beer under the fence."

"Between the ages of six when his parents bought a computer, and then were the first game, Pacman, for example."

"I started it all in 12 years, I only bought a computer."

"If you need some information to report to the school, using the Internet. On the bad websites do not go to at least try."

"Then I bought a game like it — buy next. Films can watch, music to listen to. Compete among themselves in different genres of games — Counterstrike, Warcraft. They are very exciting, delay."

However, for girls, there is a special game, which tells 10-year-old Les:

"I like to play Bratz. Because they're all doing well, as in the cartoon, but you yourself choose to do it. Yet there is a game Witches. This is such a witch, and it is possible to come up with their own style, to put her to come up with her own face, hair. And then you can send it all in the magazine about these vedmachak, and then your work will see all who read it. Yet there can itself make comics about these girls. "

The administrator also confirmed my suspicion that the children more likely to come to the club when parents forbid the house to play games or use the Internet.

In Belarus, nobody holds special studies on how, when, why come online in young children and adolescents. The most accurate information is available about the 15-18 years age audience.

Michael Doroshevich, Project Manager e-belarus.org and Gemius-Belarus, which studies the Internet audience, describes it thus:

between the ages of 15 and 18 year old girls are more active on the internet …

Michael Doroshevich. Photo: Victoria Shcherbakov

"From the bottom of the Internet audience, this group is 11%. Among them 4.7% of boys and 6.3% girls. Turns out that in this age, girls are more active. They are spending more and more time viewing pages. If you look at popular sites , the boys are sites dedicated to online games such as maxigame.by, sng.by. Naturally, sports sites such as goals.by. Naturally, the sites for the exchange of music, movies, programs like torrents.by, freespace . by. Girls noticeably more visit the sites associated with learning how to 5ballov.qip.ru, library.by, bntu-help.net.

But the EU is widely discussed problem of the presence of children on the Internet. About the latest research in this area says the chief executive of the British non-governmental organization Childnet International Will Gardner:

Children and teenagers use the Internet primarily for school …

"Just 10 days ago, published the results of a study funded by the European Commission (editor's note. — EU Kids Online). Spent his British dasledchytsa Sonia Levingstovn. They interviewed thousands of children in every country of the EU, wondering what children like to do online that services they use. They were also asked to describe the experience that the kids got on the internet. This study allowed us to obtain a really fantastic results. But the most important of them is that children and young people use the Internet mainly for the study. course, they are very popular social networking sites like for example, Facebook. As well as a variety of applications. Children like the possibility of communication, the ability to create their own content, to express themselves and talk about it on the internet. "

For young Belarusian Internet users online games mainline paving the way to the Internet. Here's how it describes the head of the jury of the Belarusian Federation eSports Maxim Mamonov.

"If we talk about the game for the competition, the first place is still left to play Counter-strike. This game, which persists for many, many years, despite the fact that it was made on an already outdated scheme. It continues to be popular. And even the Belarusian team recently participated in the World Cup World Cyber Games for the game in the United States.

Most young Belarusians in social networks characterizes Alexei Leonchik, expert in the field of social media

nor Vkontakte, no Facebook Belarusians will not be much different from most Russian or Ukrainian …

Alexei Leonchik

"According to the latest statistics, which is available at the present Vkontakte 2200000 Belarusians. This is all, I'm not talking about any particular category. Whereas in Facebook, according to the resource Facebakers.com, there is 145,000 Belarusians. I have a reliable Statistics on Facebook, according to which the Belarusian audience of 13-15 years is it 46% of people 16-17 years — 6%, and 18-24 years — only 1%. total I think that in no FaceBook, no Facebook Belarusians will not be much different from what most Russian or Ukrainian. matter will prevail fanavy content, positive, humor and so on. They will share links to a variety of multimedia, video, audio. "

But the people who are responsible to make the Internet safer for children, some are by banning and control. Here is the opinion Oksana Minic, which is part of the Council for Informatization of Education System at the Belarusian Ministry of Education:

Internet — a large communal dump …

Minic: "In school, by and large, it's all regulated. Classes in comput
er class is strictly limited to sanitary standards. When the teacher and the students are working with the internet, then, of course, he knows where he is leading them and why. This is not just wandering on our global space, and is usually the teacher prepares, where they go and what they will do.'s no secret that the Internet — is a large communal dump. Therefore, rules of conduct on the Internet, of course, have to account for both the adult and the child. then it would be nice, interesting and informative. And if you just throw a baby at home parents put him behind a computer and do not see what he was doing — and just sits quietly in a room for two, three or four hours — that is, of course, is the question parents. "

But what makes a child on the Internet, to be precise before the study, respect and goodwill. Here is how the activities of the organization Will Gardner:

It is very important in the current situation to the parents, too, were the parents and the internet, and over the Internet …

There are a number of potential risks faced by children on the Internet. It is a risk of contact when an adult uses a child for sexual exploitation. This kiberbuling if the child uses the Internet to harass and hound her second child. There is also the risk of exploitation of a child in the creation of unauthorized content, or even the child can create such content. The child may also share personal information without realizing that it could be used to harm.

What we do: go to school to teach children how to behave on the Internet. But we are also talking with the parents, because it is very important in the current situation to the parents, too, were the parents and the internet, and over the Internet. "

Exactly the same problems faced by Internet users and Belarus. Analyzes Michael Doroshevich:

production of content — it is the same skill as the ability to write …

"As far as I understand, in our schools do not teach young people to produce content. A production of content — it is the same skill as the ability to write, to count, to know the rules of grammar, basic arithmetic and physical formulas. When our schools will not teach as if exaggerate, "make posts," as well as contact with the increasing amount of information that exists in the form of photos and videos, there will be growing backlog of Belarusian youth from their peers in the more advanced in the field of information and communication technologies countries. "

Introducing the Internet as a place especially dangerous for children, adults uncontrollable power, we seek to protect their children by the ban. Similarly, as our power, the authorities of the Republic of China nasleduyuchy, trying to protect its citizens from the evil effects of unnecessary, in their opinion, the information.

But you can do differently. Here is what Will Gardner:

Is important for children to use the Internet more and more …

Is important for children to use the Internet more and more. And it is becoming increasingly important not only for their education, but also for their social life, because for them will always be involved in everything that's going on to be armed with new technologies.

I believe that for the global society in which we live, it is important to teach a child to new technologies, to provide their needs. In addition, the children make it fantastically creative. "

What do the children do online

(Source EU Kids Online. October 2010. Polled 23,420 adults in 25 countries of the European Union during the spring and summer of 2010)

  9-12 years 13-16 years  
% Of those who Boys Girls Boys Girls all
Using the Internet for homework 77 82 87 90 84
Watching video clips 69 59 76 51 83
Playing in the game itself, or against the computer 66 62 86 83 74
Uses instant messaging 42 46 75 74 61
Uses e-mail 42 43 72 72 59
Reads or watches the news 37 35 59 57 48
Playing online games with other people 46 32 62 31 44
Download movies or music 26 23 59 55 42
Locates in the public domain photo, video, music 22 22 53 52 38
Places messages on the website 24 24 37 37 31
Uses a web-cam 17 17 42 37 29
Visiting chat 14 12 34 27 22
Creates a virtual character, animal or avatar 19 18 20 13 18
Uses faylaabmennikami 10 8 27 20 17
Spending time in the virtual world 16 14 22 13 17
Leading an online diary or blog 5 6 13 16 10
The average number of activities 5.7 5.4 9.0 8.1 7.1
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