What the April Holidays Taught Parents

5 Parenting Tips That The April Holidays Taught Us

Let’s Actually Spend Time With Our Kids

Parenting means providing. It’s a fact of nature, society and the economy. Most Kenyan parents today are consumed with financial issues, chasing pay cheques and businesses to support their families. This translates into working long hours, often away from home and leaving children under the care of nannies and probably other family members. Most kids today will see their parents at the dinner table if they are lucky, where they spend one to two hours sharing a meal often in the presence of the television and their mobile phones before their exhausted parents rush off to bed to rest. Weekends and most Sundays have been set aside for “family time” where most modern families go out to eat and share a meal at a place where “the kids can run around and play” while their parents catch up on some much-needed R & R as they wait for their nannies to come back in the evening. Spending 10 minutes each day, one-on-one with your child can make a huge difference in the long run according to Dr. Carol Chakua, Psychotherapist & Parenting Coach.

Mobile Gadgets & TVs Are Not Babysitters

Digital technology has become the life hack of the 21st century. We can do almost anything at the tap of a button thanks to smartphones and the internet. Today, when kids become “too noisy” or “overly playful” most often than not, TV is used to bribe them into submission. Long gone are the days when the sounds of children’s laughter coming from outside can be clearly heard. Many Kenyan estates are quite quiet because the majority of the kids around are busy watching TV or streaming YouTube videos. Safety, mistrust, and change of culture have had a lot of contribution to this as well. Today’s children are no longer seen as the property of the society. Babies get exposed to TVs & phones for entertainment from almost as soon as they can see…with baby targeted content readily available on YouTube. As much as technology can be convenient…regulation is vital

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Monitoring Screen Time Is A Necessity

Well, monitoring screen time is important because not only is too much screen time harmful to your child’s development, unregulated screen time leaves them open to being affected by harmful content. An article by the Daily Nation mid last month showed that a survey conducted among around 1200 high school students revealed the top 3 favorite activities for teens their age are: watching porn, sex and drinking alcohol. Shocking! Yet, teenage pregnancies are on the rise, with Nairobi County, our modern metropolis and Mombasa and Kisumu producing a large number of cases despite the fact that sexual health education is believed to be easily accessible in modern cities and awareness is believed to be higher. Further research shows that by the age of 10, most children today have been exposed to sexual content and actually rely on search engines like Google for sexual education as opposed to their parents or teachers. Unregulated screen time exposes children to adult content and safety threats.

Social Media Parenting

If you do not follow your kid online or are not internet friends with them, it’s about time you change that. Social Media, especially for the girl child has become a great source of pressure. From boosting insecurities about physical appearances thanks to unrealistic goals set by social influencers to the excessive showboating of material wealth. Kids today are growing up with the desire to live up to their fav online personalities, most of whom are faking their lifestyles for likes. As a parent, creating the balance between monitoring what your son or daughter is up to without infringing their privacy will be your biggest challenge yet.

Digital Parenting Is A Must Have Skill

At Unplugged, we teach Parents a variety of skills and tips on all the above and more. Parents today are being faced with unique challenges that did not exist 10 years ago. From Cyber-bullies to online predators and bizarre cases like the momo challenge, the digital revolution demands that parents rise to the occasion and protect their children in a variety of ways. Empower both you and your child to conquer the digital age by signing up for our programs today.

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The Autism Outreach Event

The Eveminet Autism Outreach event scheduled for the 11th of April 2019, at the Haven Cottage School; will purpose to support autistic children by creating awareness about autism and teaching them skills that will enable them to enjoy technology and become Digital Champions and appreciating them.

Our program is important because it is an opportunity for the Whiz Kids to engage in peer training, champion digital citizenship and understand the diversification of life by understanding how to engage with special needs children.

You can partner with us in different ways through financial contribution or donation of items such as :

  • tech gadgets
  • software
  • stationery
  • t-shirts
  • healthy snacks
  • entertainment for the kids

Our program engages industry experts to spend time with the children and encourages them to ask questions that help them understand how digital skills can help them in their day to day lives. We believe that just because they are different, they should not be left out and need digital skills just like any other child.


“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same – with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.”

ANONYMOUS

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World Autism Awareness Day 2019

Each year, World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated on the 2nd of April. Actually, the entire month of April is dedicated to Autism Awareness, and in the United Kingdom, the first week of April is known as Autism Awareness Week. In Kenya, Autism still remains a mystery to many despite the fact that 1 in 59 children is the global average for diagnosis of autism spectre disorder. We at Eveminet will be marking this Autism Awareness month through our Autism Outreach Day, on the 11th of April 2019 at the Haven Cottage School in Kilimani, Nairobi. We will be having a special fun day with the kids as well as training them on basic digital skills with the help of our Whiz Kids.

What is Autism?

Autism can be defined as :


A developmental disorder of variable severity that is characterized by difficulty in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behavior. Also referred to as Autism Spectre Disorder.

Autism Speaks, Facts & Figures

Autism Awareness In Kenya

In Kenya, many Autistic children have suffered greatly simply because their condition is unrecognized and misunderstood. According to the Autism Society of Kenya, it affects 4 % of the local population. Awareness and acceptance is at least more prevalent in modern areas such as Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu but in rural areas were local culture still plays a big role, these children are still being hidden away, beaten and even sometimes killed. Children who have the disorder are often quite eccentric and their difference is shunned. This can be mostly attributed to cultural inclinations; many communities traditionally found children with born with disabilities as a sign of evil or being cursed. Children who did not fit the criteria of “normal” even from birth were cast away, killed, hidden or shunned.

Autism Awareness Quote

In 2017, Abigael Brooke started an autism walk aimed at raising awareness locally about the condition. She says that even in modern areas, where parents can afford care and proper help, many still invest heavily in seeking medication to “cure” the condition as opposed to investing in proper rehabilitation and long term care. Driven by her own experiences, having been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome quite young, she seeks to educate people on awareness and acceptance.

Signs & Symptoms

Most children are diagnosed with Autism at the age of 4 or older though conclusive diagnosis can be made as early as the age of 2. Outlined below are some signs and symptoms parents and caregivers can watch out for :

  1. Inappropriate or minimal social interactions
  2. Conversations almost always revolving around self rather than others
  3. “Scripted,” “robotic,” or repetitive speech
  4. Lack of “common sense”
  5. Problems with reading, math, or writing skills
  6. Obsession with complex topics such as patterns or music
  7. Average to below-average nonverbal cognitive abilities, though verbal cognitive abilities are usually average to above-average
  8. Awkward movements
  9. Odd behaviors or mannerisms

How You Can Help

Supporting organisations such as the Autism Society of Kenya which provides assessment, counselling and workshops all over the country. Another way is by understanding what Autism is and helping others understand it too. You can also sign up for our recurring outreach event that seeks to provide special needs children with access to technology.

Join us as we Light It Up Blue on the 2nd of April 2019!

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Nairobi Kenya

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