K - 12
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