Title:Exploratory Study on the use of the Internet for Educational Purposes by Children in the Age Group 12-15 Years in India
TitleEtc:, Doctoral Student, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India
Abstract:In the past decade, ICT, including the Internet, has been increasingly available in-schools (Gu and Xu 2018; Komatsu and Rappleye 2017; Passey et al. 2016; Peña-López 2015). Researchers examined the impact of access to the Internet among school children, how it is related to their academic performance. like, Zhu et. al. (2011) suggested that a significant relationship existed between Internet information seeking and academic performance of children studying in high school. Recently, In developing countries like India there is rapid adoption of ICT in education and this makes the establishment of ‘meaningful student–Internet use’ necessary. A report by Indian ministry claimed that 93% of Indian students access Internet daily. The school-related and educational information seeking by children (particularly teenagers) on the Internet deserves more attention. This sets ground for understanding the interaction between the Internet, and critical user segment i.e. children aged 12-15 years. This is also critical age group in Indian education system, as courses opted by children (That shape their professional careers like engineering, medicine, humanities, commerce etc.) during these years predominantly determines their vocation. In this study we have explored various dimensions of Internet use among secondary school children i.e. of 12-15 years age group.