+2349038346546 Centenary City, Enugu
+2349038346546 Centenary City, Enugu

HILLRANGE SCHOOL

Raising Boys in Digital Age

“We’re in a digital world with lots of potentials for good and evil. We have to help ourselves and our children to harness and promote the good.” This was the summary of the message at the seminar, Raising Boys in a Digital Age, which took place at Hillrange last Sunday, March 28. The speakers were Joshua Nwachukwu and Jude Udeachara. It was held under the auspices of Raising Boys Aright, a Facebook group by Hillrange Secondary School. The following idea was stressed by both speakers:• Children thrive on a combination of support (lots of love) and challenge (high expectations and accountability). • Parents have to be “character coaches,” teaching character skills like self-control and kindness in very deliberate ways and then helping kids practice them again and again, in everyday situations, until such behaviors become easier and more of a habit.• While not ignoring the benefits of the digital world, we must also acknowledge its dangerous and seductive power and strive to ‘protect’ our children• Rather than policing children’s activities online, preference should be given to their training in character from the earliest years. • Let your child learn and work at creating content on the internet, becoming part of the ‘uploaders’ and just ‘downloaders’. They should come to view the internet as a work tool rather than just one for leisure and entertainment.• Admonish them not to share inappropriate photos or videos on social media. Let them know that the internet never ‘forgets’.• It’s advisable to use the internet and gadgets in general, with a sense of order: having a clear time for usage, browsing in an open place, avoiding getting glued to the screen, using age-appropriate search engines, installing helpful filters, etc.• Children should be taught not to interact with strangers online and if they must, to be careful about the information they share.• We should encourage the development of hobbies and participation in outdoor activities. According to the speakers, parents should be observant to notice tell-tale signs of wrong internet usage. Some of this include:• A sudden change in behaviour• Spending too much time alone or in private while using the gadgets• Quickly changing the screen of the computer or mobile phone on finding you around• Staying up at night on the phone or computer• Losing interest in family activities.

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