LETTER: Not just the Internet

Although search engines are helpful, their usefulness is depriving children on the ability to find information without looking it up
Sandusky Register Staff
May 13, 2010

Although search engines are helpful, their usefulness is depriving children on the ability to find information without looking it up on the Internet. Students develop unhealthy habits by researching on the Internet, as it is the only logical source. I say that schools should add more focus on using multiple sources.

One worry is copying off the Internet. This shows that students think that Google is just a cheat and they're not using it as a valued resource. Another bad practice if Internet usage is a student often has no comprehension of the information they're attaining. They type their papers in such a way that an understanding of the topic isn't necessary.

Google can be used as a cheat by just typing the information you wish to find in the search engine and quoting any book one would happen to find. Also Google has a book application that provides you with an online copy of the book. This takes out the need to hunt down a book, which is preventing the skill of finding a desired book without a library's inventory at one's fingertips.

Everybody should put effort into having methods of research other than typing phrases into Google. It'd be very beneficial for education if students learned how to research in multiple media. The dependency of adolescents on search engines should be changed from a motive of necessity to that of convenience.

Gabby Boyce

Norwalk