INTERNET USAGE AMONG PUBLIC SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
At various fora, papers have been delivered on Internet access and usage among college students. A number of scholars have made researches on Internet usage among young people especially those within the teenage age, relating such result to a number of factors including well-being,self-esteem and the likes.However, the focus of this research work was to carry out an evaluation of Internet usage among senior secondary school students in public schools in Lagos State. The work was meant to determine if the students appreciate the Internet as an educational tool, how often they make use of the Internet, the purpose to which they put the Internet if they ever used it and finally, how affordable is it for them to access the Internet.
In accomplishing the set objective, the researcher then employed the survey method to gather data from the students. 18 sets of structured questions were arranged in a questionnaire and shared in 3 schools under 3 randomly selected local governments within the state. The total number of copies of questionnaire shared was 150, out of which 149 (99.33%) was retrieved.The returned copies of questionnaire were therefore analyzed using simple mathematical approach and the result displayed in tables and in pie charts with frequency of response and corresponding percentages. The findings show that Internet access is low among senior secondary school students. From the result, about 39% of the respondents cannot even operate a computer let alone knowing anything about the Internet.With these findings, the researcher therefore recommended that government should increase effort in making computer and Internet facilities available for students in public schools in order for them to be able to take advantage of Internet technology in their learning