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dc.contributor.authorPollon, Dawn E.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-14T19:40:54Z
dc.date.available2009-07-14T19:40:54Z
dc.date.issued2003-07-14T19:40:54Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/2267
dc.description.abstractPreadolescent Internet usage is prevalent today. This thesis examined how Canadian preadolescents use the Internet, what they do when they are on the Internet, and why preadolescents are fascinated with the Internet. Eight quahtative categories were derived from the data. The categories are Downloading, Information Hunting, Consumerism, Virtual Nurturing, Gaming, Expressions of Violence, Chatting, and Music. By critically distilling and analyzing preadolescent Internet behaviour through the lens of behavioural and cognitive psychology, and explicating the amount of psychological, cognitive, and social learning that preadolescents may be exposed to on the Internet, and the attraction that is cumulatively a profound draw for a preadolescent audience, an argument will be made that Internet usage in preadolescents may impair their cognitive, social, and psychological development because of the impulse seeking and gratification priming that has been reinforced during the formative period of preadolescence.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherBrock Universityen_US
dc.subjectInternet and childrenen_US
dc.subjectInternet users.en_US
dc.titlePreadolescents' internet usage : psychosocial implications /en_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Educationen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Educationen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFaculty of Educationen_US


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