FOTHERINGHAM, practices. · He doesn’t go to bed

FOTHERINGHAM,
WONNALOTT, AND OWEN.(2000) said that the addiction to internet can reduce
the family interactions and create communication gap among the family members.
Physical ailment such as migraine headache, eye defect and pain in neck,
shoulders, fingers, and develop as a result of regular usage of computers or
mobile phones to access the internet.The gap between school and parents are
bridged by technology. The schools have begun to
realize traditional method of communicating are no longer effective. Boys are
more addicted to internet than girls.

SIGNS OF A SERIOUS ADDICTION

·        
Internet usage interferes
with your child’s normal everyday activities such as getting ready for school,
coming to family dinner or attending sports practices.

·        
He doesn’t go to bed
when he normally would and appears exhausted in the morning.

·        
He can’t focus on
homework long enough to finish assignment without logging on to the computer.

·        
If you tried to cut
down his internet time, he becomes hostile and abnormally irritated.

·        
He has lost any
interest in things that used to excite him, such as hanging out with friends or
playing outside.

REVIEW OF LITERATURE

Yu
L, et al. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. (2013)
the internet addiction in Hong Kong adolescent: a three- year longitudinal
study. The present study investigated the prevalence and psychosocial
correlates of internet addiction in Hong Kong adolescents using a longitudinal
deign. The main outcome measures is Young’s 10 item internet addiction test,
Chinese positive youth development scale, and Chinese family assessment
instrument were used. The result of this suggested that strengthening family
functioning and promoting positive youth development could be a direction for
preventing internet addiction in Hong Kong adolescents.

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

AIM

The
main aim of the study is “A study on addiction to technology among commerce
stream school children with special reference to Subramanian higher secondary
school, Vadavalli, Coimbatore.

OBJECTIVES

·        
To study the socio
demographic profile of the school children.

·        
To find out the level
of addiction to technology among school children.

·        
To provide suitable
social work recommendations.

METHOD AND MATERIALS

The
research design used in the study is Descriptive
research design to know the rate of technology addicted students. The
universe of the study includes sixty children studying commerce group at
Subramanian Higher Secondary School. The sample usedin the study isSimple random sampling using lottery
method .Researcher selected fifty respondents for the study.

 

 

INCLUSION CRITERIA

·        
Only school children
from Subramanian Higher Secondary School are included for the study.

·        
Both genders are taken
for the study.

·        
Only higher secondary
school children aged 15-18 years are taken for study.

EXCLUSION CRITERIA

·        
Children studying from
other corporation schools are excluded.

·        
High school and
pre-school children are excluded.

TOOLS FOR DATA COLLECTION

            A set of printed or written
questions with a choice of answers, devised for the purposes of a survey or
statistical study. Self-structuredquestionnaire was used for data collection
the schedule consist of two part.

·        
FIRST
PART:

First
part consist of personal data of respondents such as age, gender, religion,
family type, residence, monthly income of parents.

·        
SECOND
PART:

Second
part consist of self-structured questionnaire prepared by researcher.

 

ANALYSIS

                                    

S.no

Level of
internet addiction

Frequency

Percentage

1

Low level
accessing

14

28.0

2

Moderate

23

46.0

3

High

13

25.0

Total

50

100

 

 

FINDINGS

Nearly40% of respondents are in the age
group of 17 and 36% respondents are in the age group of 16 and 14% of
respondents are in the age group of 15 and 10% of respondents are in the
age group of 18.
More than half 62
% of respondents are male and 38% of respondents are female in this
study.
More than half 76% of respondents are in
Hindu religion and 16% of respondents are in Christian and 8% of respondents
are in Muslim religion.
More than half 86% of respondents are in nuclear family and 14%of respondents
in joint family.
More than half 58% of respondents in
rural and 42% of respondents in urban.
Half of the respondents50%of monthly income were in 5000-10000 and 42% respondents of
monthly income were in 10000-15000 and 8% respondents of family income
were in below 5000.
Nearly half 46% of the respondents are
in moderate level of internet addiction, 28%

of respondents are in low level of
internet addiction and 26% of respondents are in high level of internet
addiction.

SOCIAL WORK
INTERVENTION

Social
work provide intervention to individuals, families and group in order to assist
them with their needs and issues. Interventions are intended to aid clients in
alleviating problems impending their well-being. The intervention used by
social workers are those that are identified as potentially helpful on the
basis of the social workers ongoing assessment of the client.Social work intervention
are selected on the basis of the issues, needs and strength of the individual’s
member of the self-help group.

SOCIAL CASEWORK

Social
case work helped in collecting detailed information about each and every participants
for the study. Social case work is a method of helping people individually
through a one to one relationship. It is used by professionally trained social
workers in social work agencies or organizations to help people with their
problems of social functioning. The practice of case work is humanistic attempt
for helping the people who have difficulty in coping with the problem of daily
living. It has been in practice since ancient time on different basis of
charity, philanthropy, individual help etc. Therefore internet addiction can be
reduced through social case work.

COUNSELLING
AND GUIDANCE

Counselling
refers to a professional advice given by a counsellor to an individual to help
him in overcoming from personal or psychological problems. Guidance refers to
an advice or a relevant piece of information provided by a superior, to resolve
a problem or overcome from difficulty.

SOCIAL
GROUP WORK

Social
group work helped to gather needed data’s and observations from the group .Group
work is a form of voluntary association of members benefiting from cooperative
learning, that enhance the total output of the activity than when done
individually. The group worker enables various type of groups to function in
such a way that both group interaction and programme  activities contribute to the growth of the
individual, and the achievement of the desirable social goal.

COMMUNITY
ORGANISATION

Methods
of community organization helped to find a general understanding about the
community and a group of people have been done. Community organization covers a
series of activities at the community level aimed at bringing about desire
improvement in the social well-being of individuals, group and neighborhoods.So
awareness on the impact of internet addiction can be made.

SOCIAL
WORK RESEARCH

Social
work research is the application of research methods to solve the problems that
social worker confront in the practice of social work. The study of concepts,
principles, theories underlying social work methods and skills are the major
areas of social work research. Therefore on internet addiction more research
can be done.

CONCLUSION

Research
revealed that over utilization of internet will leads to internet addiction.
Internet provides a vehicle to promote cognitive, social and physical
development but if it is not utilized carefully it can lead to crime and online
harassment.