And all this electronic communication and interaction is only in its infancy!!!
Chat rooms have become the new playground for sexual predators.
The Internet gives them the anonymity they need to lure unsuspecting children into inappropriate conversations and in some cases meeting up with them.
Collectors no longer have to scour flea markets and yard sales on weekends to find coveted items to add to their collections all they have to do is log on to Ebay and post a bid. The web has a plethora of sites created specifically for teachers to share ideas, change information, and share documents (thanks enotes! Perhaps young people stand to gain the most from using the Internet.
In addition to being able to express themselves and show creativity on sites like My Space and Twitter, they can also use the net for school projects and homework. I think that students sometimes rely too much in the internet.
Now they can attend the lecture by viewing it on the monitor, and they can record it and watch it over again at their own convenience.
They may be looking at things that are a little naughty, but if that's what they're interested in they will satisfy their curiosity and then move on to other subjects.
They don't seem to understand that just because something is on Google, that doesn't make it a reliable source.
I cannot count the number of times a student has turned in an essay that contains incorrect facts from sites that have been created by someone who isn't an authority on the topic.
This also brings a disadvantage, if the user isn't discerning.
Much of the information available is incorrect, incomplete, or misleading.