Educational Settings:

Nearly 90% of all 15-24 year olds have used the Internet. The Internet has become the standard for communication and information for this generation. Along with all its benefits, there is a darker and more dangerous side to the Internet. More and more teens and young adults are finding themselves struggling with their own online problematic behavior which can interfere with their job, education, and social life. IBC assists all aspects of educational environment from students, parents, teachers, and school administrators with issues such as prevention, intervention, and consultation.

K - 12 Educational Settings:




Higher Education Settings:

With an estimated 15 million users under the age of 18, it is impossible to deny that the Internet has changed the social life of children. The Internet has influenced what children know, and the way they think, feel, and behave. Although other forms of media (e.g., radio, television, and telephone) have also had a significant impact on children, nothing compares to the attraction and influence of the Internet. Along with family and peers, the educational environment is often where kids learn how to interact with the world with character and integrity. Schools fail children when they introduce a technology such as the Internet without appropriately orienting kids on its possible uses and misuses.

Internet Behavior Consulting provides resources, consultation with teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators, as well as training for the kids themselves on how to stay safe while using the Internet for its maximum benefit. Concepts such as safety, proper behavior while online, and marketing/privacy issues are all addressed as part of these workshops.

One population particularly vulnerable to problematic online behavior is the college-aged student. Young (1999) reported 14 percent of college students meet the criteria for Internet compulsivity. This figure is more than twice that found among the general population. Issues which may contribute to this group's vulnerability includes easy, unmonitored access to the Internet, more time spent online, developmental curiosity, and the attitude of invulnerability present in many young adults.

IBC can provide resource information, consultation, and trainings to university administration and faculty, college counselors, resident directors/advisors and students. Training sessions can cover topics such as prevention/safety issues, identifying high risk behaviors, self-assessments, crisis management and referrals, professional evaluations and interventions. Liability concerns can also be addressed for university administrators.