Social Media And Youth Development

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.

Nnamonu Tochukwu.
Teecee.
Social Media And Youth Development

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Who am I really? Can that be defined yet? Probably by the time I'm long gone and all the pieces of my activities are compiled and analysed then you can know what you want to know about me. Meanwhile, I write. Not because I love writing but because I love people. I love to care and love to share. I'm a deep thinker and I love to believe in the impossible. The ideal is attainable and a shot at it must be given. Don't say 'It won't work' rather ask 'how will it work? Nobody is ever doomed unless they made the choice. To resist good and to adopt evil is already doom. To loose hope is to choose doom but to believe that every step is a passing phase leading towards your hope is to choose progress. I may go on and on but my posts say it all. I don't force you to agree, I only say enjoy!
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7 Responses to Social Media And Youth Development

  1. I had been trying to keep social media out of my classroom, of course I am biased having had an unsatisfactory experience with FB…although feeling I was losing the battle I suggested the topic to my research methodology students, just to find that most information out there points to the embracing of social media as a learning tool, I am hesitant but, as my students pointed out and confirmed through surveys, FB is already a virtual/online common work space for them, there they share, send, contrast opinions in their homework process, they remind each other of deadlines and tests… they do good teamwork via social media…up to then, social media represented to me the best tool for wasting valuable time…they confessed to that and appreciated the importance of prioritizing and keeping view of those priorities when online… I may have to open up my FB account again… :/ if you can’t beat them, join them?! so happy to read you again, my friend…take care, Alexandra

    • It’s been a while, my dear friend!
      I believe you are bubbling with health and verve.
      Everyone seems to be configured towards various things uniquely. Facebook may have been exciting to some people and may have been just-there, to some others.
      The social media has no doubt, been a tool for wasting time to many, it also has been an effective teaching/learning, communicating and networking tool.
      Information spreads in split seconds through the social media and that is why we must not take it for granted, whether or not it directly affects us.
      Someone who hates to use a calculator may be very good with his/her manual calculations, but it doesn’t dispute the fact that a calculator would add to speed and efficiency when faced with certain magnitude of work.
      The social media can be overlooked, but those who utilise it would definitely have a wide reach. The reason you can reach the world from your bedroom is the social media. It is important that we upgrade and be model teachers that standout in both excellence and in productivity.
      Best regards, my friend! πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Son, the points your raised were good and your message comprehensive, giving much helpful detail, you may remember I did a Post on how they communicated in Biblical times (see link below ) as I shared, I often think of our Computers as these points of communication although with a lot more problems which is because as you said not just good but evil too can be transmitted in much more volume.

    Blog Link – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/blogging-for-jesus/

    As we age life gives us wisdom and so does God give us His wisdom when we ask for it, we then seek to add knowledge and understanding as we Trust in Jesus through the empowering of The Holy Spirit to guide us into all Truth.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    Understanding with a secular focus although not always in error can be very destructive as it’s based on what a person believes through their own experiences and life happenings around them, which we often see shared on Facebook etc and sometimes as you said they are not always good and when this understanding is passed on it can cause an overflow of the same mind set and as they say rubbish in rubbish out… so sometimes we need to pull the plug or switch off and we need God’s wisdom to know when. My Mum often said you can’t put an old head on young shoulders, meaning life wisdom but we can have God’s wisdom at any age and it will be confirmed as so in the Scriptures.

    Christian Love from us both – Grannie Annie.

    • Grannie Annie! πŸ™‚
      I followed the link you posted in your comment and I turned out very excited for two reasons:
      first was it’s relatationship to the social media and the stages of technological advancement in communication.
      The second was how far we have come, through the same social media.
      The social media is a tool, both for learning and communicating. We make use of it to express our thoughts and to manifest our essence. If we have worthy values, it shows through our posts, but if we are full of vices, the things we share will equally reveal them.
      Our world today is exposed to all sorts of information and that is why all manner of virtues and vices flood the place.
      Concerning the second point, Grannie Annie was still threading carefully and was still sister Anne! πŸ™‚
      i read through my previous comment and your response and I reallised how much things have changed!
      The social media is capable of making strangers become more than friends but even relatives. That’s exactly what faith does by the spirit. We become one with God through faith in Jesus Christ and through constant meditation and implementation of His word.
      I am glad that our paths crossed and I’m sure that we would always influence each other positively, by the spirit.
      Thanks for always being there, Grannie Annie.
      Regards to Ron.

      • Hi dear Son, I love your response it makes me feel needed and wanted and that is a gift that not a lot of people have but mainly because they don’t seek to have it but then as I read your other replies you are always seeking to encourage others, not meaning that you always agree but that you seek to uplift them with Truth and that thankfully you value everyone as people of worth, you are a very gifted, Loving man that I respect and value greatly, the Scriptures tell us to be kind-hearted in our words to others and you do indeed do this.

        We are all Family Spiritually in The Body of Christ, Brothers and Sisters in The Lord but as an older woman, I’m also viewed as a Mother in nurturing and training within the Body. Ron as a father and an instructor in the Body and both of us like everyone else are under God’s Authority, He is our Heavenly Father and is perfect in all His ways, unlike some earthly fathers, although some thankfully do show His colours.

        God bless you greatly Son – Christian Love – Grannie Annie

  3. meighanson says:

    I love this posting. Very thorough and thoughtful. Social media is great! It can help us connect to our interests, friends education and help us clarify our values on numerous levels. Great posting!

    • Thanks very much, dear. I sincerely appreciate your very articulate words.
      The social media is a very effective tool for learning and for communicating. It is important to pay good attention to it’s usage.
      Thatnks once again for stopping by and dropping those encouraging words.
      πŸ™‚

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