Raising Children In A Digital World: Five Things Every Parent Should Know

Panel Discussion titled: ‘what are our children doing online’ at the Social Media Week 2018.


Many parents today are increasingly concerned that their children may be spending too much time on the Internet, hence missing out on real-life interactions.

This fear stems from the fact that the internet has been described as ‘no man’s land’ where anyone can share just about anything with little or no regulation.

In the last decade, the world has witnessed an explosion of information and content from users across the globe in form of text, audio or video but more importantly, what has been a major subject of many conversations especially for parents or guardians is how they can maximize their children’s ‘screen-time’ while also ensuring that they are exposed to ‘healthy’ content.

In a panel discussion at the just concluded Social Media Week, speakers such as Lanre Olusola, Adesuwa Onyenokwe and Olayinka Somoye, shared some of the dangers that a parent may be exposing their children by allowing them own digital devices, as well as how to protect them from the evils of the internet age.

Devices May Not Be The Problem

While they came to the conclusion that outrightly preventing children from using or owning devices may not be the best solution, especially as parents won’t always be there to monitor their activities, they highlighted some ways by which their exposure to negative content can be minimized.

Sharing from her personal experience as a parent, TV show host, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, explained that while raising her children, herself and her husband provided facilities for ‘proper playtime’ and only allowed watching television on Friday evenings.

According to her, the children were also restricted from using phones until the age of 18.

Be Their Friend As much As Their Parent

Adesuwa also noted that despite the firm discipline, she allowed her children be themselves without criticism by being a good listener and adviser even when they did the wrong things. This according to her, allowed them to open up more about things that growing teenagers ordinarily would want to keep secret.

According to her, she had fears but never made them obvious to the children, rather through mindful correction, she always pointed them in the right direction and believed that they would not stray.

Give Quality Time

Also sharing his thoughts, Life and Mind Coach, Lanre Olusola, explained that from research, any information that is given to a child before the appropriate age, is capable of destroying their mental and emotional stability as well as their innocence.

Speaking further, he warned parents to avoid spoiling children in the name of protecting their happiness.

“Parents should stop trying to buy their children’s happiness with gifts and all that. The best thing one can give the child is your time, rather than leaving them in the hands of maids and devices.

“The child you pamper today will tamper with your peace tomorrow,” he stressed.

He also advised that at least one parent should always be there to look after the children when they are home as well as attend to their academic needs.

Fighting Technology With Technology

The speakers also noted that while devices can be allowed, they should be limited to some functions.

They advised that applications such as the Digital Coach App, can protect the child’s gadgets through its web filtering technology that prevents them from sexual predators, self-harm, cyber-bullying, and blocks out pornography/other age-restricted content.


When all is done, parents are reminded that they are only God’s stewards on earth to the children, hence prayers cannot be ruled out.

They must continually pray for them, their friends, those they interact with and their overall well-being because indeed the internet is here to stay.

Culture, Content And Trends: The Social Media Week In Photos


Social Media Week 2018 is finally coming to a close today, (Friday) March 2.

The event brought together industry experts and brands who leverage social media to bring about positive change.

With sessions cutting across various topics from wellness, to fashion, arts, banking and governance, the event which took place at the Landmark Center is indeed one that many believe is capable of birthing a social revolution.

Among those present were CEO, Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh. If you missed the session, read about it Here.

Others were the CEO, Guarantee Trust Bank, Mr Segun Agbaje, who spoke about the need for business owners to slow down, in a world of motion in order to gain competitive advantage.

Also speaking on the use of film and social media to accelerate change, were actresses, Kemi Akindoju, Omoni Oboli and film director, Ishaya Bako.

Other speakers on a range of topics included, social media expert, Japhet Omojuwa; TV presenter, Chambalian Usor; Charles O’Tudor and a representative of Bishop Kukah, among others who addressed the topic, battling violent extremism.

Asides the discussion sessions, brands exhibited some of their products, many of which were made to represent the of rich African culture.

See photos below.


SMW: Agbaje Asks Entrepreneurs To Be More Value-Driven

SMW: Agbaje Asks Entrepreneurs To Be More Value-Driven
GTB CEO Mr Segun Agbaje speaks to reporters after delivering a speech at the 2018SMW in Lagos


The Chief Executive Officer of Guarantee Trust Bank, Mr Segun Agbaje, has called on brands and business owners to focus more on delivering value to their customers rather than profit making.

According to him, this will not only get them ahead of competitors but will also enable them to remain relevant in the business world.

Mr Agbaje said this on Tuesday while addressing journalists at the 2018 edition of the Social Media Week in Lagos.

The 2018 SMW, themed: ‘Closer’, brings together top influencers, as well as brands and individuals from various industries, who either shared from their wealth of experience or came for the sole purpose of networking.

Delivering a paper on the topic ‘Making Sense of a World in Motion’, the GTB Chief said: “My interpretation of the word ‘closer’ is about customer centricity.”


“In the world we live in today, the world we lived in 10 years ago, and the world we will live in 10 years’ time, you have to get closer to your customers, you have to do a lot of customer mapping, you have to understand customers, and you have to become one.

“You can’t feed people with what you think they want, you have to give them what is important. Honestly, for me, I think those values will remain values and in whatever business modules you do, it’s got to be value-centred and value-driven because values are not going to change,” he added.


The Key Is Slow Motion

Responding to questions of whether or not GBT has plans to do more for the education and ICT sectors, Agbaje stressed the need to take one sector at a time.

He, however, noted that despite existing platforms like the GTB Fashion Week and the SME Business Hub, the bank plans to do more but the key is sometimes “slow motion”.

“In this fast moving world where everything seems to be going at speeds that nobody understands, you can develop the ability to see it in slow motion,” the GTB boss said.

“If you get to the point where you can see this world in slow motion, even though it’s moving very quickly, you would have built a competitive advantage that will allow you to beat your competitors,” he added.

2018 SMW: Thousands To Discuss Future Of Media In Lagos

2018 SMW: Thousands To Discuss Future Of Media

Thousands of social media users and media professionals are set to converge on Lagos on Monday to discuss the future of the media and other key themes in the industry.

The platform for this discussion is the 2018 edition of the Social Media Week (SMW) which will explore the intensifying conflict between community and individualism.

The week-long event with the theme “Closer” will start on Monday, February 26 at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos and end on Friday, March 2.

Beyond being expected to attract thousands of social media users, it will bring together a diversity of perspectives to discuss the most productive ways to harness the forces to drive innovation and improve consumer experiences.

During the week, there will be over 100 other keynotes, panels discussions, master classes, digital installations, co-working spaces, and networking events.

Among this is the session ‘The Future Of Broadcast Media: A Conversation With Chairman/CEO, Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, and award-winning public relations and communications expert, Claudine Moore.

The hour-long conversation is scheduled to commence at 10:30 am. Click to register:

The Social Media Week will also explore a wide range of topics including business, entertainment, education, technology, and politics.

The event is part of the larger Social Media Week conference hosted in 12 cities around the world.

According to the organisers, the event is free and open to the public.

Experts Challenge Africans To Share Stories Using Technology

Social Media, INECExperts believe technology has the power to give Africans home and abroad, the ability to start controlling the narratives of the African stories being told.

Speaking during the Social Media Week Lagos, tech enthusiast and former CNN Anchor, Zain Verjee, said technology is a viable tool to aid Africans; including those living in rural areas, in telling the world about themselves.

Co-Founder and CEO Of Akoma, Zain Verjee

She said this is achievable through the use of open platforms and apps to wrestle the narrative from European and western media and to ensure Africa tells its own story in its unique way.

The only way to fix the situation of western media telling our own stories, according to her, is to harness the talents in our country.

“There are millions of diasporans all around the world that want to share their story, that want to remain connected to Africa that have something they want to say.

“Anyone around the world who is interested in sharing their African story can come on to an open platform and share it”.

She believes that if various categories of content creators such as writers, video editors and photographers come together, Akoma exists as a canvass for them all to tell their stories in their own way.

Review: Social Media Week Held In Lagos

social mediaThe Social Media Week is an event that brings together top leaders, key stakeholders and the public to explore different pertinent issues with social, cultural and economic impact on social media.

The event is held every February and September in more than 20 cities in the world.

More than 25,000 people over the course of five days were hosted at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island Lagos.

The African continent is now seen synonymous to a mobile continent as a result of the rapid increase in the use of mobile devices and mobile phones have been key to economic development in the last five years.

However, according to research African mobile phone internet is set to increase to 20 folds in the next five years.

Tech Trends looks at some of the sessions that were held at the Social Media Week in Lagos.