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Sixteen-year old Segun was arguing with his immediate younger brother, Niyi, over the arrest and trial of a Nigeria musician. The news had been everywhere, and given social media influence on children, Segun and his brother had already read the story.

“Naira Marley is not the only person doing Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria, he will go free, you’ll see,” Segun said.

“It’s not true, the EFCC will win this case,” Niyi countered.

Peace cleared her throat from the kitchen; she had been listening to the boys’ argument.

The boys looked towards the kitchen door.

“Until the court has decided, no one can tell if Naira Marley is guilty or not. But it is a good thing that the EFCC is going after internet scam suspects. These scammers have given Nigeria a terrible name, so much that Nigerians are treated so badly abroad.”

The boys were stunned!

“Mummy!” Segun shouted, “How did you know about Naira Marley?”

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You see, in this age of technology, social media influence on children is alarming, and it is something has must be managed very well.

But how?

BE ABREAST OF SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS:

One very funny saying is that if one wants to catch a thief, one will employ a thief. It applies in this context because in order to manage social media influence on children, parents have to, first of all, know what happens on social media. After all, you can’t manage what you have no idea about!

Peace knew about Naira Marley because she spent time on Instagram where she followed some news blogs, so it was easy for her to contribute to her children’s discussion by explaining things better to them.

When you know what happens on social media, you discuss it with your child or children and inform them better; help them form better opinions.

RESTRICTED SOCIAL MEDIA EXPOSURE:

Certainly, you can’t determine which social media platform your children join, but you can regulate how much time they spend on those platforms.

I know a woman who makes her children hand over their phones and other gadgets at nine o’clock every night. So from 9pm, her children were free to do many other things before going to bed at 10pm, but surfing social media platforms was not one of those many things.

Her children did not also get their gadgets backs until they returned from school the following day, bathed and finished their home work.

The children would grumble, but they would get used to it.

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