Good and bad sides of the Internet as it relates to children

Between 75 and 90 percent of teenagers in the United States use the Internet to email instant message (IM) visit chat rooms and explore other sites on the World Wide Web.

According to the latest research presented in a special issue of Developmental Psychology published by the American Psychological Association (APA) spending a lot of time on the Web can have both negative and positive effects on young people i.e. the sharing of self-injury practices by some and the improvement of academic performance and health awareness by others.