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The Mental Health Impact of Social Media on Teens & Kids

In the wake of mental health awareness month, we as Eveminet would like to address the big elephant that is social media and the psychological effects it may have on our children. Most especially teenagers. Teenagers represent the most misunderstood demographic of any society. Caught smack in the middle of adult desires and childhood limitations, they are often rightly or wrongly pegged as “moody” individuals. Not to mention the continuous physical changes one experiences during that age. Being a teenager is hard enough as it is, and with social media in the picture, it’s way more complicated.

When Your Teenager Updates Their Social Media But Doesn't Respond To You

 

Just Google It…

Thanks to search engines such as Google, information is literally at our fingertips. Kids are turning to technology for advice and research and communicating with their parents, teachers, and peers less and less. When they are in need of advice or have an embarrassing problem, all they have to do is type it out on the search and save themselves the exposure and embarrassment of confiding in other people. As much as technology breeds independence, this can lead to teenagers failing to develop proper relationships with people in their eco-systems. They end up not needing to trust people because they think they are fine on their own when in reality nothing can replace real meaningful human connections.

Google Search Tab

What’s Your Instagram Handle?

This is probably the most commonly asked question among teenagers today, followed closely by “Are you on SnapChat?”  Teenagers today are spending more time managing their feeds than they are doing their homework. The dynamics of schoolyard politics have now evolved on a global scale. Teenagers today are not only trying to impress and fit in with their classmates but with their online peers too. A teenager’s social media presence can directly affect their day-to-day life in school, determine their popularity and even expose them to cyberbullying quite easily.

Doing It For The Gram…

For teenage girls, social media has been known to lead to poor self-esteem issues, insecurity, eating disorders, suicidal feelings, and jealousy. This can be attributed to the unrealistic beauty standards set by celebrities and social media influencers. Young girls will feel immense pressure to mimic their idols and failure to look a certain way, especially online leads to a variety of negative feelings. For teenage boys, things are almost the same and many young men find themselves being pressured to have sex, smoke weed, have muscles and have a lot of money. The feelings of inadequacy that stem from not being able to be “Insta Famous” or not having been able to “slide into a girl’s DM”  may not manifest the same way as girls. Boys may tend to have “unexplained” violent outbursts, some will give up and sink into depression and others will become obsessed with changing the situation. Gyms are full of young men, working on their abs so that they can upload pictures of their “six packs”  and get as many likes as possible. When in reality, exercise should not be used for vanity but for health and longevity.

 

5 Things To Watch Out For

  1. Fear of leaving their phones unattended
  2. Withdrawn behavior
  3. Increased lack of verbal communication
  4. Irregular weight loss/weight gain
  5. Increased interest in visual appearance/Total disregard for appearance
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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

Parents Unplugged

 

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

Sign Up for Outreach today!

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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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The Real Peppa Pig vs The One Who Is A Danger To Your Little One

If you have a young child in pre-school or kindergarten then you are probably familiar with the British cartoon Peppa Pig. This cartoon is so popular that young kids in America and Canada are developing British accents to be more like hers! If you have watched an episode of this show, then you are familiar with how inquisitive, cheeky and charming Peppa can be…though some parents find her a bit rude. But that’s not what should worry parents and guardians the most…

Recently, we at Eveminet noticed a viral Facebook post that worried many parents. It prompted us to make this blog and address this serious cyber safety issue.

2019 Update: trending now is the MOMO challenge. I encourage parents to be aware of what their kids are doing online,…

Posted by Kitty Jean on Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The viral post that was shared in Kilimani Mums Facebook Group

Can The Real Peppa Pig Please Stand Up…

As far back as 2016, there have been many reports about fake You Tube Channels pretending to be the official Peppa Pig You Tube Channel. The creators of these accounts create content that promote violent behavior, suicide, drug abuse and even sex. The most alarming video showed a step by step guide on how kids can slit their wrists while attempting suicide. Another one urged young kids to switch on the gas and lock the doors after everyone gets home!

How They Trick Us…

The people responsible for these accounts, know exactly what they are doing. they hide cleverly in plain site by using misleading thumbnails and tags to trick the Google Algorithm. Others even go to the extent of creating ads. They are able to get away with this and reach millions of kids every day because of the high volume of traffic You Tube enjoys.

The fact is, that Peppa Pig fans are not the only victims. These individuals have also created fake Mickey Mouse and Calilou accounts. Clearly, we as parents and guardians have to take steps to ensure that our kids are watching the right things online. We can not leave this to chance or else our little ones will suffer.

How To Protect Your Little One

We aren’t all Steve Jobs and for some of us even operating a smart phone can be a challenge but there is nothing more powerful than the love of a parent. By using the following tips, you can ensure your child’s safety on You Tube.

1. Download The You Tube Kids App

Say goodbye to regular You Tube and install You Tube Kids on your children’s devices or the devices they have access to. The application is free and available on both Google Play Store and the Apple Store

2. Create A Profile For Your Child

Create a profile for your child, this will help identify your child’s preferences and will also make it easier if you have more than one child sharing the same device. You can create a separate profile for each of your kids.

3. Restrict Browsing on The Parental Control

Make use of the parental control feature that determines whether you have permitted your child to browse their own content or not. You Tube recommends using it, to limit the probability of harmful content that can reach your child.

4. Choose The Channels & Videos Your Child Watches

You can choose “trusted channels” and videos in the Collections section, as well as restrict the “recommended” channels to only ones that have been viewed and approved by a human. The human part is more important than ever before, because as much as Google’s safety algorithm filters out grown up content for You Tube Kids, some questionable content does manage to slip through at times.

To access these settings, you unlock the “grown-ups only” section by using either a random pass code (written out so that pre-readers can’t use it) or a custom pass code you create. Then log into your Google account and select the user whose profile you want to add controls to. 

5. Regulate The Time Your Child Spends On You Tube

You Tube Kids further allows parents to regulate the amount of time their children spend watching videos thanks to a clever timer that will lock the child out once time is up. This ensures your child doesn’t become addicted to the internet and uses their time constructively.

6. Age Restrictions

Even though the application recommends that it can be used by kids as young as 4 years of age, we support the guidelines by Common Sense Media that it is better suited for kids aged 7 years and above.

NB/ Common Sense Media helps parents not just regulate You Tube content but they help identify appropriate online content as well as give their expert opinion on age restrictions. We highly recommend using them.

7. Regulate Ad Content (Optional)

If you are keen on avoiding ads and any harmful content that may be parading as an ad, you can sign up for You Tube Premium

NB: Sadly its is not yet available in Kenya but will be soon.

8. Sign Up For Parents Unplugged

There is only so much we can say in a blog! Sign up for our Parents Unplugged Training Session this April and learn more ways that you can become a Digital Parenting Champion.

Also take a look at all our other 2019 events for you and your family.

Our 2019 Events, Classes, Training Sessions And Programs
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10 Ways We Can Prevent Cyber-Bullying in Kenya.

Better safe than sorry! No one asks to be bullied but thanks to a few tips we can effectively break the cycle. In many cases, bullied people often turn into bullies themselves if they do not receive the appropriate help. Thanks to our Whiz Kid Program for tweens and teens and the Unplugged program for Digital Parents, we address cyber-bullying from both the child’s perspective and the parents.

Tips for Teens & Kids Who Experience Cyber-Bullying

1. Never Blame Yourself

When a person chooses to repeatedly attack or confront you online, always know that it is not your fault. Sometimes you may may disagree and argue with your friends or classmates, but continuous targeting is cyber-bullying and it is wrong.

2. Retaliation Is Not A Solution

When you respond to a bully and get lost in the aggression, you end up turning yourself into a bully too. If you come across a hurtful post or text and you get emotional, take a deep breath and stop yourself from responding immediately by thinking positively.

(PS: Try counting backwards or distracting yourself until you are calm enough to act appropriately)

3. Keep Records Of Everything

In case you did not know, the internet is forever. If you receive texts that you feel are bullying you ensure you save them as proof in case the situation worsens. For social media posts, taking screen shots and saving the posts also works as well.

4. Ask Them To Stop

Feel free to politely ask whoever is bullying you to stop. If you feel strong enough to talk to them, make sure you are clear and confident when you pass your message. You can try practicing with your friends or family before you do it.

5. Use Available Technology Tools

Most platforms today have blocking and reporting features. Save yourself unnecessary heartache by blocking the individual and reporting them though this is not a guarantee it will stop. If the threats are harmful or physical in nature or even sexual, ensure that your parents and or guardian are aware and ensure you report the matter to the police.

PS: Here is a pro Cyber Security Tip: NEVER EVER share your passwords with anyone even your best friends. 

Tips for Parents & Guardians To Help Deal With Cyber-Bullying

1. It Pays To Observe Your Child

Most teenagers and kids often choose to hide problems like bullying from their parents whether online or offline. So if you notice that your child is losing sleep or doesn’t seem as enthusiastic about school as before or appears to get stressed when on his or her computer or phone; ask them why as calmly and as open-heartedly as possible. Feel free to ask if it has anything to do with mean behavior or social issues. But even if it does, don not assume it’s bullying. You won’t know until you get the full story, starting with what your child is thinking and feeling.

2. Think Before You Leap

Whatever course of action you take must be well planned out. You must fight your inner “mama bear” or “daddy bear” and hold yourself back from any rash actions. This is because despite your intentions, you may end up worsening the entire situation if you do. Cyber-bullying is mostly psychological and involves putting down and excluding someone. It is modern day marginalization at it’s worst. Bullies often get a kick out of this and feel like it empowers them or improves their status. That is why discretion and tact are key.

3. Listen and Learn 

It is important to offer a listening ear to your child and learn as much as you can about what happened. It is vital to note that despite how sincere they may be, their account is only one side of the story. And often times online, a lot can happen or be misinterpreted. Be patient and gather all the facts in order to form a clear picture of what happened.

4. Helping Them Heal

Not all scars are visible, some run deep inside our beings. Cyber-bullying can do that to any person, young or old. When dealing with a child who has been bullied, they often have low self confidence and self esteem. Your role as a parent is to remind them of their worth and help restore their confidence. This requires patience and understanding and most of all love.

4. Helping Them Heal

Not all scars are visible, some run deep inside our beings. Cyber-bullying can do that to any person, young or old. When dealing with a child who has been bullied, they often have low self confidence and self esteem. Your role is to remind them of their worth and help restore their confidence. This requires patience and understanding and most of all love.

5. Remember There Are Always Silver Linings

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. The same applies to your kids. Nothing lasts forever and when they overcome this hurdle, as they sure will they will be much stronger than before.

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The Truth About Cyber-Bullying In Kenya


Cyber-bullying refers to the use of the Internet and/or mobile technology to harass, intimidate, or cause harm to another person. Despite the fact that  bullying is hardly a new social issue; thanks to technology advancements it has gradually evolved from the school environment and moved to social platforms. According to a report by the African Women and Children Feature Service, Kenyan schools report a much higher rate of bullying than the world average. As a social enterprise concerned with the provision of family based digital solutions, cyber-bullying is a topic we at Eveminet deal with regularly. We offer our expert insight on the face of this issue in our country and how we can combat it.

Popular Platforms Kenyans Use to Bully People Online

Many Kenyans today are either victims or perpetrators of cyber-bullying, knowingly or unknowingly. Thanks to increased digital penetration, more and more Kenyans are using digital social platforms to communicate and interact than ever before. Our world famous twitter community, commonly referred to as K.O.T. ( Kenyans On Twitter ) is one great example of how active we are online. Other famous platforms that have gained notoriety include Facebook Groups such as Kilimani Mums and Dads and Buyers Beware.

Some Famous Kenyan Victims of Cyber Bullying

Just recently, the Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of Kenya, David Maraga shared his frustrations over bloggers. He used the example of a viral meme to show how he has being harassed by bloggers and Kenyans online. His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta responded to him by saying,


Bwana CJ we tried passing some law to help us restrain these people (bloggers) but the court told us it was unconstitutional. Like the rest of us, get used to it .

H.E. President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, during the Anti-Corruption Conference

He is just one among many public figures who has come to accept cyber-bullying as a way of life. Last year, gospel musician Jimmy Gait shared his personal experience on the issue. He says he almost quit music and killed himself because of it. Quite often, when a celebrities make mistakes, online audiences are quick to judge. Challenges and memes trend almost instantly and add salt to injury. Some of the issues raised are genuine and are meant to raise awareness but the message is often lost. The masses often deviate from the problem and end up causing more harm. A good example is the “KobiCat”Challenge. Kenyans exposed media personality Kobi Kihara for stealing content and faking her online image. She became the subject of multiple jokes and blogs in a twisted form of online revenge.

Recently, some negative comments on Willy Paul’s Instagram profile turned a moment of thanks into one of sadness. He had just survived a horrifying terror attack at the Dusit Hotel, that claimed many lives and injured many more. A large number of Kenyans took to the comment section of his posts to express their disappointment over his survival. The situation got worse when Kenyans took it a step further by sharing insensitive memes that went viral.

The Legal Impact of Cyber-Bullying in Kenya

In Kenya, freedom of expression is enshrined in our constitution under Article 33 and is a universal human right. According to the ICCPR, of which we are signatories; these rights come along with great “special duties and responsibilities” that may result in some limitations, such as respect of the rights or reputation of others.

The worst part about cyber-bullying is that many people gain confidence and hide behind their online personas because there are largely unaware that cyber-bullying laws exist. The Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Bill 2018 came into effect last year May. Article 27 addresses what the issue of cyber harassment and under what grounds one may seek legal aid.

(2) A person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding twenty million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or to both.

Article 27 (2) of The Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Bill, Act No. 5 Of 2018, Laws of Kenya

Side Effects of Cyber-Bullying

Some of the effects of cyber bullying may have on an individual include:

  1. A drop in self-esteem;
  2. Withdrawal from society and family;
  3. Fear of gadgets, digital communication and social platforms;
  4. Avoiding work and school environments;
  5. Avoiding social events and gatherings;
  6. Losing weight or changing appearance to try and fit in;
  7. Inflicting self harm;
  8. Suicidal and violent thoughts;
  9. Personality shift i.e. anger, depression, crying, withdrawal

The Solution…

The only way to tackle cyber bullying is by creating awareness and promoting the importance of digital empathy and digital etiquette. By enforcing the same moral values we expect all people to abide by day to day online, we can ensure that we are collectively better behaved and mature when addressing posting content. And the only way for our children to embrace this, is if we lead by example. Read our article on 10 Ways We Can Prevent Cyber-Bullying in Kenya.

The 2019 Wiz Kids Programme

The Whiz Kids Programme

We are starting off the year with a big announcement! Whiz Kids Africa will be hosting a 10 week programme beginning this January. Set to kick off on Saturday the 19th, the workshop aims to help children between the ages of 7 and 17 years old in growing their digital expertise.

The program objectives are as follows:

  • To enable the child to self regulate their use of technology in a right way;
  • To help the child to be ethical and have considerate behavior online and offline;
  • To help the child respect their own as well as other’s privacy online;
  • To help the child demonstrate an awareness and compassion for the feelings,needs and concerns of others online;
  • To help the child manage their digital footprints and use technology in a manner that contributes to a positive reputation.
  • Help kids explore and exploit technology for self-development and personal growth.

The three main fields of focus are:

  1. Digital Citizenship
  2. Digital Creativity
  3. Digital Entrepreneurship

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship can be defined as the required methods and practices of appropriate and responsible behavior in relation to the use of technology.

Digital Creativity

This is the art of bringing ideas and imagination to life on digital platforms or through the use of technology. From Computer Art to Music, to Robotics and Animation; there are numerous creative avenues your child can explore. We teach Whiz Kids how to harness their creativity in a digital world.

Digital Entrepreneurship

Just like our children, the future of business and entrepreneurship is digital. Traditional business practices all over the world have been shifting towards social platforms, mobile innovations, cloud software, cyber solutions and analytics. This is so that they can better leverage modern technology for better business practices in the digital era we are living in.

Whiz Kids Africa Workshop

For our children to succeed in a modern world it is vital that they develop the necessary skills and mindsets. By teaching them on how to capitalize and harness the power of the internet economically, creatively and socially we are ensuring that they have all the relevant tools at their fingertips literally.

The programme will be carried out every Saturday from the 19th under the guidance of our top ICT Consultant Evelyn Kasina who has amassed international recognition for her great work in promoting Digital Literacy among children and parents/guardians. Each session will begin at 8:30 AM until 10: AM  for the first session and 10:30 AM to 12:30 AM for the second session at our offices, K.P. Offices, Suite 13, along Jakaya Kikwete Road.

Enroll your child today.

Kindly note that the program costs KES 14,000 per child, and the amount is payable through our M-PESA PAYBILL number  808768 account name, kindly insert the child’s name.

Click HERE for the sign up form.

 

The Internet And Our Children

In light of the recent shocking revelations that every 1 in 5 Kenyan girls is a mother, the Kenyan nation is at a standstill. We are all trying to find a solution to this heartbreaking problem. Just last week, ICT CS, Hon. Joe Mucheru gave a directive to the Communications Authority to filter pornographic sites. This is supposed to help curb the high rate of sexual activity and moral decay amongst teens and pre-teens; Many Kenyans took to Twitter to ask if this would really help.

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Reality vs Publicity

Frankly, most of the girls getting pregnant while in school are not from urban areas where internet penetration is high. They come from semi-urban and rural areas where internet penetration is low but cultural beliefs are still high. KNEC Chairman, Mr. George Magoha stated that parents were responsible for their children falling pregnant at a young age. Sadly, this can be tied to the fact that it still remains taboo in some parts of the country for parents to openly talk about sex to their children.

Safeguarding Our Children

The Long Lasting Effects of Tradition on Raising Children

Can we really blame them entirely though? How is someone supposed to share knowledge that they themselves did not have access to? Most grown ups in Kenya discovered quite roughly on their own what sex is, with little help from their parents. This vicious cycle still persists. The teenage pregnancy crisis in our country has shed light on the fact that it is not only our children who need effective sexual health education, but parents too. Pornography may be a contributing factor, but it is far from the key reason our girls are finding themselves in these predicaments. We need to address:

  1. Lack of proper sexual education in schools;
  2. Inaccessibility of family planning services and solutions;
  3. Lack of parental guidance;
  4. Prevalent cultural beliefs;

What Needs To Be Done To Help Our Children

Like any tool, the internet can be used for both good and evil. Filtering pornography is a move in the right direction, not just for our children but for our society as a whole as pornography destroys families and societies in various ways. We can do this through:

  1. Using the internet to create educative platforms for both parents and children about sexual education and health;
  2. Creating a safe online platform where we children can report sexual abuse without fear of stigma;
  3. Launching national campaigns to create awareness about the benefits of waiting before engaging in sex ;
  4. Demystifying what sex is to our children, because curiosity is a major contributing factor. If we can control the curiosity, we solve part of the problem.

Let’s use the internet to protect our children from ruining their lives by arming them with the knowledge they need to succed by using the internet effectively.

 

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The Art of Balancing Technology

Managing one’s online and offline life in a balanced way requires some level of discipline and self – control. The art of balancing screen time, multi tasking on different devices and online participation is an acquired skill we equip at Eveminet.

The foundational value of using technology with purpose driven intention, one has to exhibit integrity to keep their promise on screen time and technology usage, and develop harmony with others by prioritizing a healthy relationship through self – regulation.

It is no surprise that both parents and children often feel overwhelmed by technology however, it is imperative to seek out help in upon that realization.

We train children to assess health risks related to technology and equip them with tools to reduce the risks. By doing this they are able to develop time and resource management skills that allow them to successfully perform their tasks and use entertainment.

We have tips that enable children and adults master the “Art of Balancing Technology”

  1.  Develop a Family Technology Use Policy
  2.  Become an educated Role Model
  3.  Set up Tech – Free Zones.
  4.  Develop Technology Shut Down Times.
  5. Do your chores before engaging with Technology
  6. Balance Learning and Entertainment
  7. Learn and apply the basic Cyber Security precautions.
  8. Get a Gadget Basket to keep all portable devices during Family Time.

It is important to learn the fine balance of technology because there is a rise in Mental Health Illness, Depression, Suicide, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and Addiction. ETC

“In the end it is all a balance.” – Rohinton Mistry.

 

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