I just got a request, it read;
“Pls help me write on social media and youth development”. This is what I came up with. I just thought I should share it here.
Social Media and Youth development is a very important subject of discussion that affects our society in many ways!
In order to do justice to the subject, it would be important to define the terms individually.
Social means concerning or belonging to the way of life and welfare of people in a community. It could also mean; concerning the system by which such a community is organised.
Social still concerns the gathering together of people for the purposes of recreation or amusement. In our subject of discussion, we would be focusing on social media and it would be necessary to know what media means before we proceed to merge the two words that arrive at the phrase; social media.
Media is something by or through which an effect is produced.
Media is also a means (especially radio, television and newspapers) by which news etc is made known.
Media has developed through the ages in different stages.
The early man communicated through signs, direct speech, drawings and carvings on caves with stones and sticks. The were not sophisticated.
Media at that time could not reach a wide audience due to the need for physical presence to receive information.
The book age or the chalk and board age followed by the advent of the printing machine which was used to mass produce the bible and many other educating materials. That was the same age that the chalkboard, popularly called the blackboard at that time, was used as an instructional material for people.
The flow or dissemination of information rapidly increased with this new development.
Next on line was the innovation of television and radio. This introduced the Mass communication age.
In the mass communication age, radios and television broadcasts became a more rapid and spontaneous means of spreading information. Simply by tunning into a channel, visual, audio or audio-visual messages were tramsitted through long distances. The speed of information dissemination further increased rapidly.
With the invent of the computers, information generation, processing, storage, retrieval and dissemination became phenomenal.
All sorts of application, programs and systems have been generated through the ages that have made information dissemination swift and convinient.
The internet has hightened both the ease and speed of information circulation.
Why this history? You may ask.
The phrase social media, is a hybrid that evolved through the ages.
Social media today refers to web based applications that enable both synchronuous and asynchronuous dissemination of information.
The e-mail, search engines, instant messaging, blogs and chat applications have become the chief stake holders in the aspect of social media. We cannot mention social media today without calling facebook, 2go, whatsapp, twitter, linkedin, pinterest, stumbleupon, diggit and the likes to mind. Some of these are web based application while some are equally or solely configured for mobile devices.
Social media refers to the means via which people communicate and keep in touch, through sharing experiences, pictures, audio, video and all manner of information, without having to see each other face to face.
With a clear understanding of the term social media, we can now move further to the definition of the phrase, youth development.
Let’s start with youth. Youth has several meanings which include:
-(the state of mind in) the early part of life.
-a boy of fifteen to twenty years old approximately.
-young people in general. Etc.
A youth could be one or all of the above definitions. We could also refer to a youth as a teenager or a person in the adolescent stage of human developement.
Human developmental stages could be classified into infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood, after which comes the ageing or aged.
The society is made up of people at all of these various stages of development, but the driving force of every society is the youth.
Human development is not restricted to the physiological changes that take place as a result of ageing, but also include the knowledge, skills, values and social behaviours that are exhibited by members of a society.
Learning is a relatively permanent change in behaviour as a result of an experience.
Learning could be positive or negative.
The aim of education is to produce relevant, productive acceptable people in the society through the transmition of worthy values, skills and information.
A persons development should include the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, psychological and psycho-productive aspects of human existence.
Education may split these into three domains which are the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.
Studies reveal that learning or this relatively permanent change in behaviour that occurs in people as a result of either a planned or unplanned experience could take place in the home, in the school, among peers, in religious gatherings or through the social media.
Again, youth development has brought us to this critically important medium of learning; the social media!
We know that education could be formal, informal or non-formal.
We have also come to know that learning could be positive or negative and could be transmitted through socialization within families, schools, religious groups, peer groups and the social media.
The social media is a strong tool, because as earlier described, it has no need for physical contact between the source of the information and the receiver.
Today, information of any sort could be accessed through a mobile phone or a computer and distance is no barrier.
The internet is the chief host and the youths are the most predominant clients.
Youths pick up both vices and virtues.
The bulk of the social behaviour that we witness in our youth are as a result of their exposure or interaction with the social media.
Such information that could either positively or negatively affect the intellectual, emotional and social capacities of the youth, are exposed or encountered through the social media.
Issues that bother around morals and faith also form a stronghold in the development of the youth.
The social media is one of the strongest tools that form the foundations and principles of the youths of this time and age.
Sanitizing a society is only possible through the information that is transmitted both through physical interaction and the social media.
It is therefore very important to ensure that the content of the social media and the values that spread through interaction are the ones that will spread peace, love and unity among members of the society.
Skills, values and information that would improve the lives of people and ensure harmonious co-existence, is precisely what we need to dominate our social media.
Social media is really an important tool for transmiting information and administering learning. Learning, on the other hand is key to youth development.
It is therefore important to address this subject; social media and youth development, with utmost care.
I hope to have done justice to the subject and I also trust that you were also both enlightened and entertained by the information contained in this piece.
You owe it as a duty to ensure that you contribute positively to youth development, especially through the social media.
Social Media And Youth Development