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THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON THE YOUTHS

Social media can be defined as the facilities and tools that reduce the world to a global village; websites and applications that enables users to create, share contents and participate in social networking. The social media platform provides opportunities for users to create online communities to share ideas, information, personal messages, etc. Some of the social media applications include Facebook, Instagram, You-tube, My Space, Twitter, Skype, LinkedIn, etc.

Youths are predominantly the users of the Internet for social interaction. These are the people who cannot imagine life without the Internet, the group seeking for ways to connect virtually to everyone in the world. With over half of the Nigerian population under 30 years of age, they are the ones more frequent on the Internet. We must harness the creativeness of the youth for the economic growth of Nigeria. Bearing in mind that the internet opens up a world of possibilities and opportunities to the youths, the consequences of ignorantly using social media by the youths should not be overlooked.

Whereas we are aware that the social media can have positive effects on the youths, we cannot discountenance the negative effects it also has on the youths. Several studies have been conducted on this and we outline below some of the positive and negative effects of social media on the youths.

The various social platforms provide the youths with:

  • Great communication Tools to connect with loved ones and old friends irrespective of locations.
  • Access to positive and free information being shared on Social Media.
  • Opportunities to promote their businesses to a larger and wider audience.
  • Social Capital.
  • An avenue to contribute to emotional wellbeing of others by offering positive advices.
  • Opportunities to launch businesses online
  • Opportunities to market businesses online at little or no cost.
  • Real time sharing of information for businesses through paid and unpaid advertising.

The negative effects of Social Media on youths cannot be overlooked and can be overwhelming. It can have harmful effects on the youths if not controlled. Some of these effects include:

  • Lack of control of and over personal information: Youths post private information online without realising the associated risks.
  • Cyber bullying
  • Mental Health issues
  • Lack of Morals
  • Spread and ability to amplify Fake News
  • Exposure to adult information
  • Indirect encouragement of high rate of scam on social media
  • Poor grades from the academic pursuits
  • Long hours on Social Media platforms
  • Peer pressure
  • Addiction to social media

 

To ensure the safety of the youth online, it is strongly recommended that:

  • We have adequate and effective Online child protection laws
  • Parents as a matter of urgency should monitor the activities of their wards on the Social Media.
  • Government should empower the youths so as to engage them in more meaningful and constructive activities.
  • A cyber monitoring team should be set by schools to checkmate the effects of illegal activities of the Social Media.
  • The youth should be educated on the proper use of the Internet and Social Media.

 

We must guide the youths and limit their exposure to the negativity of social media. We must ensure appropriate laws are in place to protect them against the exposure to Social Media. We must channel their activities on the social media to yield positive results.

ICANN63 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN) launched the application round for individuals interested in participating in the ICANN63 Public Meeting through the Fellowship Program. The meeting will take place from 20th to 26th October 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The deadline to apply is 27th April 2018. Successful candidates will be announced on 27th July 2018 on the ICANN website, https://www.icann.org.

The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the program is to create a more diverse and a broader base of knowledgeable constituents who can engage in the ICANN multistakeholder process and become the new voices of experience in their regions and on the global stage.

Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of individuals who are actively participating in ICANN communities and in other Internet governance entities in the Internet ecosystem. Participation covers a range of activities:

  • Writing articles and blogs
  • Giving online or in-person public comments about bottom-up policy building
  • Participating in Internet conferences and panel discussions
  • Joining working groups
  • Mentoring newcomers
  • Assisting our regional leaders
  • Becoming leaders themselves

READ MORE: https://www.icann.org/fellowshipprogram

Domain Names will drive Nigeria’s e-commerce boom

By the time you read this newsletter, we would have concluded the first public auction of premium domain names. Five domain names: bills.ng,  bus.ng,  news.ng,  travel.ng and events.ng were offered via auction to prequalified bidders, who bidded in a week-long process, over Twitter. The reserve price of each domain was fixed by NIRA at N100,000.00.  I am excited that the process went smoothly and generated the much needed awareness. Offers will be made to the winners, in accordance with the bidding guideline. You can review the bids using the twitter hashtag #NIRAAUCTION1. We will announce the auction of more names soon.

The bids made for these domain names, shows the premium that registrants now place on the .ng names, and the potentials for other names yet to be auctioned.

Before the conclusion of the auction, I had the pleasure of presenting a paper at the South West Regional E-Commerce Summit and Expo, which held at Ibadan from 26th March to 28th March, 2018. I spoke on the impact of the .ng Domains on Global and National E-commerce. I pointed out that today’s knowledge revolution is driven by the Internet, a product of the digital revolution- Information and Technology Communication. I highlighted the potential power of the Nigeria youth in building, transforming and leading a new Nigeria. I explained the possibilities and benefits of using the .ng brand for online businesses. I concluded by pointing out that we must invest in youths who will be the leaders of tomorrow. They do have the energy, capacity and technological know-how to develop the Nation. We must prepare them, and then yield the nation to them.

Let me remind you of the ongoing nominations of individuals and businesses using the .ng domain name, for the 2018 .ng Awards. I encourage all to visit the NiRA website to nominate deserving businesses, organizations and individuals for the .ng Awards. To nominate, please visit https://www.nira.org.ng/nomination

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

WHOGOHOST Limited Team visits NiRA

The management of WHOGOHOST Limited, led by the CEO, Mr. Toba Obaniyi, paid a courtesy visit to NiRA Thursday 23rd March 2018. Also on the delegation was Mr. Spencer Candland, The VP Technical Operations at WhoGoHost Limited. Mr. Candland who was formerly with BlueHost as the VP of Technical Infrastructure Board joined WhoGoHost in August 2017. This is the first visit of Mr. Candland to Nigeria since joining the WHOGOHOST team.

Speaking during the visitation, Mr. Toba Obaniyi, CEO WhoGoHost Limited, briefed the NiRA team of the technical infrastructure upgrade embarked upon by WhoGoHost. He said the continuous growth of their business necessitated the services of professionals to their technical team. Whogohost is willing to grow the DNS Industry in Nigeria in partnership with NiRA and other NiRA Accredited Registrars.

Mrs. Edith Udeagu, the Chief Operating Officer of NiRA, whilst appreciating the visit of the WhoGoHost Team, acknowledged their continuous support towards the growth of the .ng brand. She assured them that NIRA will continue to support the businesses of its Registrars at all times.

NiRA Academy’s Free Website Design Workshop using WordPress

On Thursday, 22nd of March 2018, NIRA through its Special Purpose Vehicle, the NIRA Academy, organised a one-day free training on Website Design Using WordPress at NIRA Office Complex, 8 Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere Lagos. The Website Design Workshop was designed to provide basic knowledge and skills required to design a Website with WordPress or start a career in web design.

Revd. Sunday Folayan, the President of NIRA welcomed the participants and advised them to utilise the opportunity given to them, to learn.

Mrs Edith Udeagu, the Chief Operating Officer of NIRA who is also the Registrar of the NIRA Academy enlightened the participants on the functions of NIRA. She encouraged participants to actively participate at the training; noting that the objective of the training was to equip the participants with the knowledge and skills to enable them to build their own websites and blogs.

Three NIRA Accredited Registrars (Whogohost Limited, Upperlink Limited and Trefoil Network Limited) were also available to make presentations in relation to Domain name registration and Hosting to the participants. At the end of the workshop, a certificate of attendance was presented to each participant.