Internet And Youth Essay

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Can you imagine how things were 20 years ago? How we communicate and exchange information with one another? Some things then may not be that accessible to us now, but in this day and age, everything is almost made possible by the advance communications technology surrounding us. Whether it’s printed, audio or visual materials, all are now within our reach, especially because global trading is made available to almost all over the world. And with the invention of internet all sorts of information are accessible to the youth in just a click away. Along with all these, just imagine the vast information being thrown in each and every one of us almost every second. However, as we always say, these developments may or may not be that all…show more content…

We shouldn’t take advantage of youth’s naivety. Proper guidance should be practiced.
Why do I believe greatly that responsible entrepreneurship should be the basis on doing business, it is because with the apparent global economic crisis we are experiencing, not all parents are there to give guidance to their children. Nowadays, almost both parents are force to leave their homes in order to better provide for their children. They are almost obliged to enter the workforce because; a single income household is not enough to make both ends meet. Thus, because of this, most children or the youth of today are left at their homes without proper guidance they badly needed in their growing up years. We are left vulnerable to whatever negative influences these all sorts of media may give us. We, the youth, are being exploited because we are inexperienced people which can be easily persuaded or influenced whether it is for doing the right or wrong things. Our decision is mostly poorly made since we aren’t equipped with much knowledge that we only learn through proper guidance that we should be learning from our parents.
In particular, let’s just take a closer look on the effects of internet to the youth of today. It is no doubt that a vast load of information is coming through this highly developed form of technology. Almost all of today’s youth can have easy access on

The Internet is a household word in the West and is responsible for the wide dissemination of information all over the world. It is perhaps the greatest invention of the 20th century and gives great power to its users; with great power comes great responsibility, especially for youths.

The Internet is a new medium for distributing information. It has its own culture, its own way of communicating, no law enforcement, no national boundaries as well as free access to every kind of information known to mankind. Its potential for good and evil is mind-boggling with the possibility of every household being connected. After the September 11th attacks on the United States, it was rumored that Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda organization used the Internet to covertly exchange messages to prepare for the attacks [Kelley, Jack. Terror groups hide behind Web encryption. USA today. 2001.05.20. Available on life.].

But the Internet has so far mainly served as a very valuable tool to bring mankind closer together and to remove some of the barriers inherent in the “real” world (such as expensive textbooks and far distances to travel to see someone). It has had a great impact on those countries that have adopted its use and provides some kind of measure of the gap between First World and Third World countries. But what exactly is the Internet? And what are some of its uses? And what are its impacts to the society especially youth?


Many computer literate children and youth access the Internet daily for both educational and recreational purposes. While the Internet provides a wealth of positive information, there has been increased awareness of its potential dangers, especially to young people. To address concerns surrounding Internet safety, in 1999 the Internet Safety Group of New Zealand was established. The Internet Safety Group is comprised of a number of Community groups and government agencies. Their objective “is to offer Schools and libraries resources that will help them educate and protect children and Young people, and educate parents/caregivers on the safe use of the Internet.” (Internet Safety Group, 2000, p.3). There has been much discussion to date about the ‘unsafe’ Internet practices of youth. Empirical research in this area is however limited. Auckland Rape Crisis, as a member of the Internet Safety Group, wanted to increase their knowledge and understanding of how youth use the Internet, and more specifically what youth may or may not be doing to place themselves at risk as a result of being on-line. Thus, it is imperative to study on the impacts of Internet to youth in Tanzania.


1. The study will help the researcher to have practical skills on conducting research.

2. The study will open room for other researches to be conducted on the field so as to identify what should be done to prepare youth to overcome the challenges of Internet.

3. The study will also help the government and stakeholders in policy making to review country policies concerning the usage of Internet.

4. The study will also reveal the danger associate to internet usage among youth in Tanzania.

5. The study will also reveal the danger associate to internet usage among youth in Tanzania as far as our culture is concerned. 1.4 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY

Specifically the study will focus on the following objectives: 1)To find out and analyze the level of youth awareness and competence in the use of Internet. 2)To identify different types of Internet services and their uses to youth in Tanzania. 3)To identify what are the positive and negative impact of internet to youth in Tanzania. 4)To identify what youth in Tanzania benefit from Internet usage.


The study will focus mainly on identifying uses of internet among youth in Tanzania and how internet affect their behavior and their day to day activity plus revealing the advantages that they will obtain from the internet. To meet the goal the researcher will study and analyze critically youth behavior on using the internet, what services they prefer to use on the internet, what kind of Webpages they prefer to visit and how internet affects them.


The study is affected by the following limitations: a)Fund provided by the sponsor is limited hence the researcher will conduct the study in accordance to the fund available. b)Availability respondents and response from respondents will limit the researcher form getting relevant information at the right time. c)There is no enough proof of the information given by respondents, which might limit the research from meeting the objective of the research d)The availability of literature will affect the study. Few literatures may hinder the efficiency of the study.


The study will investigate on the following questions: 1.Are youth in Tanzania aware of the Internet and to what extent? 2.What service offered by Internet (web) do youth prefers? 3.How Internet influences youth behavior? 4.How does youth benefit from the Internet?

STATISTICAL HYPOTHESIS 1.Are youth in Tanzania aware of the Internet and to what extent? Hypothesis •Youth in Tanzania are aware of internet •Youth in Tanzania are not aware of internet

2.What service offered by Internet/web do youth prefers? Hypothesis •Youth prefer most of the services offered by the web. •Youth do not prefer most of the services offered by the web.

3.How Internet influences youth behavior? Hypothesis •Internet does influence youth behavior. •Internet does not influence youth behavior.

4.How does youth benefit from the Internet? Hypothesis •Youth does benefit from the Internet. •Youth does not benefit from the Internet.


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