Functions of mass /social media in the Nigerian society

FUNCTIONS OF MASS/ SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE SOCIALIZATION OF THE NIGERIAN CHILD Mass/Social media sites allow children to accomplish certain tasks that are considered important to them such as staying connected with friends and family, making new friends, sharing pictures and exchanging ideas. On the other hand, social media participation also can offer young children deeper benefits that extend into their view of self, community and the world. This becomes more beneficial if adults get involved with children and guide in the use of media through visit to quality websites by engaging the use of educational software and view of TV shows that offer extra learning opportunities. We can sum up the functions of Mass and social media as:

· Mass/social play important role in influencing the behavioural standard of children.

· Media provide news and information required by the children.

· Creative skills can be developed via social media, imagination, art, music and modeling skills can be developed using software to create pictures.

· Values are acquired by observing good role models on the media

· Media helps a democracy function effectively. They inform the children about government policies and programmes and how these programmes can be useful to them. This helps the people voice their feelings and helps the government to make necessary changes in their policies or programmes.

· Literacy skills – For example learning letters of alphabets through programmes such as play school or educational computer games.

· Numeracy skills: Learning to count through play school programmes.

· Mass/Social media serve as entertainment to the children

· Mass/Social media can act as an agent of change in development of child in the society.

· Mass/ Social media has brought people of the world closer to each other.

· Media promote trade and industry through advertisements

· Media can help the political and democratic processes of a country.

·  Media can bring in positive social changes.

· Media content provides topics for conversation with family members, friends, and colleagues that may allow for deeper social bonding.

· Social Skills: Learning operations of TV programmes and using computer games and websites like ABC for kids that show cooperative and helping behaviours.

· Intellectual skills like developing problem-solving and critical thinking as well as paying more attention to developing morals by comparing family values with those found in fiction and documentary content.

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Implications of mass / social media in socialization of Nigerian child

 

IMPLICATIONS OF MASS /SOCIAL MEDIA IN SOCIALIZATION OF NIGERIAN CHILD

There is no doubt that the impact of the mass/social media on children lives is broadly considered within what is referred to as “media effects” debate which to a great extent focuses on the potentially negative impact of the media on children’s lives: video violence, gambling, educational performance, mass consumerism, etc (Miles, 2000).

The effect of mass/social media violence has been an issue of public concern almost from the inception of television in the early 1950s. 

The negative implications of mass/ social media on child socialization cannot be overemphasized as it has harmful effects on social and behavioural patterns life of the children. These are most pronounced when children concentrate on programmes of violence, crime and mystery on TV or social media. Terrifying programmes may affect the general physical condition of children by producing nightmares, nervous tensions, loss of sleep and poor appétit. Children who spend much of their time listening to the radio/music get too little exercise for normal development and healthy physical condition. Their school work may suffer because they do not give enough time to their studies and do not concentrates when they are studying. As with any other form of amusement, too much time spent on social media and watching of Tv may be regarded as a danger of poor personal and social adjustment.  Other negative effects of mass/social media on children include:  

· Television and Youtube watching cuts into the time available for other play activities, especially outdoor play with other children. It also leaves little time for creative play or different forms of amusement.

· Mass/social media present materials in such an exciting and vivid way that school books can hardly compete with it for children’s interest and attention. As a result, they often find school books boring.

· Characters in mass or any social media are usually presented as stereotypes and children come to think of all people in a given group as having the same qualities as the people on the screen. This influences children’s attitudes toward them.

· Children are imitators, they feel that what has the stamp of approval of a television or social media programme must be an accepted way for them to behave. Because law-abiding heroes or heroines are less glamorous than those who win attention by violence and other unsocial acts, children tend to use the latter to identify with and imitate.

· Mass/ social media can create negative cultural impacts on children, if their exposure to media is not properly supervised by adults

· Cyberbullying: This is quite common among very young children and it can cause psychological trauma such as anxiety, depression, severe isolation, etc.(O’Keeffe et, al (2011)

· Mass/social media tend to expose children to cybercrimes and danger situations  such as robbery, kidnapping, murdering. All these negative cases or situations can happen to the children due to the sharing of details on the media (Siddiqui et al, 2016)

· Constant exposure of children to media may reduce the analytical skills and critical thinking of children in solving problems.

· It can lead to deflective social relationship, spending countless hours on the internet makes children spend very limited time with family and actual friends. This weak en the family bond and limit interaction with actual people. These affected children miss out on real life interaction with different relatives which results in distorted social skills ( Undiyaundeye, 2014)

· Sexting: sexting is another negative effect of mass/social media that is fast destroying the moral foundation of children. Sexting is defined as sending, receiving or forwarding sexually explicit messages, photographs or images via cell phones, computer or other digital devices.

· Nudity: This is the state of being without clothing or covering of any kind. So some youths pose nude or semi- nude and post same to the social media (Mitchell et al, 2012) opined that 9.6% of youth receive or create or appear in nude images etc.

Roles of Social Media in our society

RECOMMENDATIONS

From the study it was observed that mass/ social media plays a significant role in shaping the social behaviour of children as a result of the deluge of programmes they are exposed to. However, the influence of these programmes is insidious. They cannot be hindered from consuming these programmes, nevertheless, the following recommendations should be taken into consideration in order to minimize its negative influence on the children social behaviour;

· Mass/ Social media programmes with high positive social values should be emphasized, while the negative social values should be de-emphasized. It has been noted that in most of the programmes that the children are exposed to, it is the negative values that are mostly portrayed, while the positive values are at the background. The cultural norms theorists’ are of the view that through selective presentation and emphasis on certain themes in the media especially television, facebook, youtube and audience get the impression that such themes are clearly defined as part of the cultural norms of the society e.g. use of alcohol, cigarettes, spray of money, sex appeal, etc in some musical videos.

· The family is one social institution that also plays a vital role in shaping the social behaviour of children. Therefore, parents and guardians should devote adequate time to educate their children on what they watch on the social media. This is because most times they cannot effectively regulate or monitor what their children watch or view via social media. For instance, the need for proper and effective sex education from the family point of view will help the child avoid teenage pregnancy.

· Advice parents to talk to their children and adolescents about their online use and the specific issues that today’s online kids face -Advice parents to work on their own participation gap in their homes by becoming better educated about the many technologies youngsters are using.

· Pediatricians and child educators are expected to increase their knowledge of digital technology so that they can have a more educated frame of reference for the tools their parents/clients and families are using.

· Families can be provided with information on challenging issues that kids face online and reputable online resources like tips on sexting, public education site, healthy children.org and social media.

Common Errors In English. Nigerian Version

You're taking it personal ❌
You're taking it personally ✔️

He is matured ❌
He is mature ✔️
He has matured ✔️

The reason is Because ❌
The reason is that ✔️

My stuffs ❌
My stuff ✔️

Night vigil ❌
Vigil ✔️

Traveling bag ❌
Travel Bag ✔️

As at when due ❌
As and when due ✔

Be rest assured ❌
Rest assured ✔️

I'm hearing you ❌
I can hear you ✔️

My names are ❌
My name is ✔️

All manners of ❌
All manner of ✔️

She delivered a baby boy ❌
She was delivered of a baby boy ✔️

Lacking behind ❌
Lagging behind ✔️

Crack your brain ❌
Rack your brain ✔️

Return it back ❌
Return it ✔️

Nigeria comprises of 36 states ❌
Nigeria comprises 36 states ✔️
Nigeria is comprised of 36 states ✔️

Wake keeping ❌
Wake keep ❌
Wake ✔️

Exercise patience ❌
Be patient ✔️

Barbing saloon ❌
Barber shop ✔️

I forgot my phone at home ❌
I left my phone at home✔️

Borrow me your pen ❌
Lend me your pen ✔️
May I borrow your pen ✔️

More grease to your elbow ❌
More power to your elbow ✔️

Funny enough, I've never liked him ❌
Funnily enough, I've never liked him ✔️

My body is scratching me ❌
My body itches ✔️

Letterhead paper ❌
Letterhead ✔️

I'm not your mate ❌
We're not mates ✔️

You're mannerless ❌
You're ill-mannered ✔️

Horn at the car in front ❌
Honk at the car in front ✔️

Happy birthday in arrears ❌
Happy belated birthday ❌
Belated happy birthday ✔️

I will sleep at 10pm ❌
I will go to bed at 10pm ✔️

Just when I thought I have seen it all ❌
Just when I thought I had seen it all ✔️

First come, First serve ❌
First come, First served ✔️

Please dash me ❌
Please hand it on to me ✔️
Please give me ✔️

I have a running nose ❌
I have a runny nose ✔️

I have a running stomach ❌
I have a runny stomach ❌
I have an upset stomach ✔️

Addy=Address
Happy birthday in addy =Happy birthday in address ❌❌❌

Working Experience ❌
Work Experience ✔

Never Blame Anybody In Life

Never blame anyone in your life. Good people give you happiness. Bad people give you experience. Worst people give you a lesson and best people give you memories 

The Education Mindset

Go To Home
THE EDUCATOR'S MINDSET SERIES: THE ONLY ANSWER TO ALL QUESTIONS IN EDUCATION The answer to all questions in education keeps pointing me back to one thing; LEADERSHIP. Now right away, a teacher may see this and think that I am saying that they are not as crucial in the work that is done every day in the classrooms. In fact, I believe that the very opposite is true. The work of the teacher in the classrooms is the most significant thing needed to serve students (obviously). But is their (teachers) ability limited because of the culture of the school, the superfluous “extras” that seem to bombard teachers and limit their time to do what is essential, and the lack of meaningful professional learning? I have seen far too many administrators blame their teachers for the lack of moving forward. Similar to a teacher blaming a student for not getting good grades, if you try the same approach and continuously get poor results, perhaps it is not the person that you are serving that is the issue. Of course, I believe that there are always elements of personal responsibility in our work and learning that are important, but how one is supported makes a significant difference through the process. But not all of our days are like that. And when they aren’t, it often is a reflection of what the administrators do, their vision, and how they support their staff in their development. They can work within the constraints of what they have to do, and do what needs to be done. They are not only called “leaders,” but they actually “lead.” This is not about any one person passing responsibility on to someone else, but understanding how important the role of an administrator is in ensuring that students, teachers, and all staff are successful. Many educators have a tremendous impact not only on their classrooms but their schools in spite of weak leadership. Imagine how much more they could do though if they had great administrators supporting them? Many educators do not realize this until they work with a great leader, or sometimes, unfortunately, they realize when they receive the opposite. If you are in a leadership position and things don’t seem to be working, ask first what you can do differently and better before pointing fingers at others. I have never seen a great school that has sustained greatness with weak leadership. I love this quote from Eric Thomas: “Success does not require you to look out the window, It only requires that you look in the mirror.” We can all do better, but when in positions of leadership, legacy is created by what the people you serve do. So let's keep finding a way until we get it right

Happy Birthday to you Matti Baqiyyat

Long life and prosperity to you on your birthday. May God Almighty prosper you and bless you. 
Happy birthday 

School Growth Tips

SCHOOL GROWTH TIPS:

Are you wondering if your school is of a global standard?
Especially now, that the reality of happenings in our schools everyday is pointing to the fact that it is not about the name, location or school fee.
It is not until you call your school British or international, that defines it's standard.
There are cultures that guide schools with international standards;
*Class placement 
* Curriculum framework 
*Staff exposure 
*Loving school environment 
* Culture of punctuality.
Class placement :
Primary 1 – Age 4+ to 5+
Primary 2 – Age 5+ to 6+
Primary 3 – Age 6+ – 7+
Primary 4 – Age 7+ – 8+
Primary 5 – Age 8+ – 9+
Primary 6 – Age 9+ – 10+
Curriculum Framework :
Personal, social and Emotional development 
1. General 
2. Self – respect and self – confidence 
3. Building relationships 
4. Behavior and self control 
5. Looking after oneself 
6. A sense of community.
Communication, language and literacy :
1. Language for communicating 
2. Language for thinking 
3. Linking sounds with letters 
4.Reading
5. Writing 
6. Handwriting.
Mathematics Development 
1. Figures as symbols and a means of counting
2.Calculations
3.Shapes, space and measurement.
Knowledge and understanding of the world :
1. Research and investigation 
2. Design and creative skills 
3. Information Technology and communication 
4. Sense of Time (History) 
5. Sense of place
6. Culture and beliefs ( Geography).
Physical Development 
1. Movement ( dance classes) 
2. Sense of place and location 
3. Health and how to take care of it(Health Education) 
4. Use of sports equipments
Creative Development 
1. Exploring media resources and materials 
2. Music 
3. Imagination 
4. Responding to what has been learnt and using it to communicate and express oneself.
Curriculum for primary in global standard school :
1. English language 
2. Mathematics 
3. Science 
4. Geography 
5. History 
6. Music 
7. Physical Education 
8. Design Technology 
9. Information Technology.
If you research into all curricular you know, they cover all of the above, they be in different forms but they are all designed to meet the need of the child to become complete, to solve problems for the society at large.
Culture of respect and kindness;
In a global standard school, it is the responsibility of the school to set rules that will foster respect and kindness towards each other. Parents should be given orientation on how to reinforce this culture at home.
The school must celebrate character, not the brand of cars parents are driving.
Read and please work on it.
Coach Enitan.

Parents let us be careful and always check the content of our pupils bags or shoes

I wish to express my anger and total disappointment in some Parents. 

How can a parent drop a child off at school without running a proper check on uniform, shoes and content of the bag?
How? 
I'm totally disappointed in the kind of mothers we have today.  
A child came to school with scorpion in her shoes. Yes you heard me right!!! "Scorpion in her shoes". This happened in the class before mine.
This child is Just in year 1 (grade 1/primary 1). She came to school in tears,and was dragged down from the car all the way to class by her mum. The mother refused to offer any reasonable explanation and only said "don't mind her, she is being naughty, she doesn't want to come to school and is only using leg pain as an excuse". 
In class, this child kept screaming at intervals while crying uncontrollably. She didn't participate in the drills as she came a little bit late. She didn't even touch her test paper either, she kept on screaming while her classmates chanted the usual anthem, "you'll be fine,sorry,you'll be fine". It was time for tea break, she let out another scream,this time stamping her feet on the floor, scattering everything placed on the table in front of her. Her teacher asked what the problem was and she said her leg. The teacher beckoned on her to come, but noticed she couldn't move and her leg was stretched out,looking stiff. The teacher walked over to her and told her to point to the exact place but the child just kept crying and said her shoes. Well the teacher had to take her shoes off and tapped it on the floor, turning it upside down probably to get Sand out of the shoes or something. 
My dear friends, it wasn't sand, no it wasn't, it was a black Scorpion that fell out of the shoe.  
The shock! 
The fear! 
The other children didn't even know what it was, but were smart to obey their teacher as she screamed at them to run out of class. The teacher mustered courage and hit the Scorpion while screaming for help. The cleaners rushed in and made sure that the Scorpion was dead. The school rang the mum to come over, because this is obviously not a case of Panadol or Paracetamol. The child had to be cut up and fast too but not without the consent of her mother. Her eyes had changed and were blood shot. The spot where the Scorpion stung (only God in heaven knows how many times) had turned black, I mean black! The leg was already stiff, Kai my brothers and sisters with what my eyes saw today, that child was in pains. Her mother came and they had to cut the spot open first before taking her to the hospital. 
My question still remains how could a mother be this careless? This isn't about whether the woman is a dirty woman at home or not. How can you ignore the complains of your own child without running proper checks to ensure that the child is fine and just being Crankie. 
How dear mum? How? 
I pray Zara survives it, I pray she gets better, God please for the sake of those little ones that held hands and prayed today, please answer us, I beg of thee. This child is just in Grade 1 (primary 1)
I'm really sad! I'm tagging some parents to this. Please be more observant and pay more attention. I beg you all please. 
~Adiela.
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*NB*: 
_Let's all make a habit of thoroughly checking our shoes out before wear it._

Happy birthday

Happy birthday