The Era of Digital Parenting

While digital parenting seems like a huge responsibility for many, the truth is that technology and internet are here to stay and while its essential and mandatory for everyone to embrace this innovation, we must ensure that we enunciate the safety aspects.

The internet offers enormous benefits like quick and easy access to information, a  knowledge hub for learning and improvement, easy access to scholarships/bursaries, easy access to educational materials, simplified communication and research, easy access to fun educative activities/games and many others.

Fatima, is a passionate teenager, who was determined to positively impact her generation. Through the internet she became the first ever Nigerian Webrangers ambassador at age 14. Webrangers are online super heroes that educate, encourage and promote the safe and responsible use of the internet among their peers.

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As a young internet user, Fatima was opportuned to positively impact her school and community by creating fun campaigns on online safety which earned her a trip to California USA to meet with other Webrangers from all over the world. Without relenting on her  responsible and safe use of the internet, she further scored for herself two scholarships to study in South Africa. Fatima in her own little way has used the internet as a learning hub and is still revelling from the vast opportunities being thrown at her.

On the other hand, we have Chioma. Chioma is an 11 year old girl who was exposed to a cyber paedophile online. According to the mother, Chioma has been requesting to be on a social media platform which she finally gave in to. Little did she know that she had opened the door to a paedophile right inside her daughter’s bedroom. Although she had given her daughter strict instruction to never accept friends she doesnt know, she paid little attention to supervising her daily online activities.

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Chioma’s favourite online game and social media platform became her worst nightmare. This experience hunted her for years before she was compelled to share her dilemma with her mother, even though the damage already made was irrevocable. At 11 Chioma’s first sexual experience was seeing the penis of a paedophile masturbating through a WEBCAM, she was groomed, sexually brainwashed and molested right inside the comfort of her bedroom.

Here’s the simple but yet highly effective method, the peadophile used to gain Chioma’s trust. He managed to make ‘’friends’’ with other girls at Chioma’s school and by the time he sent Chioma a friend request, he already had 32 mutual friends. Here’s another trick, his profile picture looked like a teenage school girl wearing a school uniform.

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While we see the vast opportunities offered on the internet through Fatima’s story, we can also see that as parents we need to carefully monitor our children’s activities so that they do not fall victims to cyber crime like Chioma.

This story is a wake up call to all parents to take away all privileges attached to allowing any kind of device in their child’s bedrooms overnight and also ensuring their daily online activities is been supervised. So dear parent/s it’s your obligation to concentrate more on your child’s online safety and how they use digital media rather than just for how long they use it.

From my past online safety trainings, I’ve discovered that lack of these trainings in schools can result to young internet users falling victims of cyberbullies, cyber paedophiles/predators, hackers, phishers,  fraudsters, impersonators, sexters; amongst many others.

These young internet users are super excited and inquisitive about the online platform and so this could cause them to be vulnerable to any online attacks. The need for them to be safeguarded and well-equipped with online safety knowledge should be prioritized as this will optimize their chances of fully embracing the benefits the internet offers. The same way we educate them about road safety, should be the same way we educate them about online safety.

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The rising norm these days is demands from some schools requesting that each child owns his/her personal gadgets in other to make digital learning more effective and easier. At school they get supervised and monitored on their activities and internet usage and ofcourse the school management ensures they block access to all inappropriate websites. At home same supervision/monitoring should also be put in place by parent/s. The true fact  is that the probability of a child accessing the right content online is also equal to the probability of accessing inappropriate content online.

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Every child’s first point of contact when faced with fear is their Parent/s, so being self-conscious about your child’s online activity and safety is paramount as this will help you cultivate the habit of fastening your child’s online safety belt. As a parent, it’s your utmost responsibility to ensure that your child is safe while enjoying the internet. Ensure you purchase and install softwares like parental control Apps on your child’s device/s as this softwares tracks your child’s online activities, blocks and filters out inappropriate contents from their device/s.

Always remind your child to wear their safety hat whenever they access the internet. Remember that karma has no specific menu…

…you get served what you order.

 

This article was first published on Medium and written by Chidimma Udeh

Chidimma Udeh is an Online Safety Advocate with the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) and is passionate about creating an online safe haven for young internet users.

 

Watch out movie of the week: Foreigner’s God

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Who else is excited to see the period piece Foreigner’s God? I know i am.

So not only is this movie star packed with some of nollywood’s best Actors like,  Ini Dima-Okojie, Sharon Ooja, Linda Osifo, Annie Idibia, Toyin Abraham, Lala Akindoju and Kunle Idowu. it also stars super veterans like Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu and Sam Dede. We are also going to see an appearance from the famous Big brother Naija double wahala couple BamBam and Teddy A

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The movie which is centered in Nigeria’s colonial era tells a love story filled with twists and turns of an  English documentary photographer who falls in love with a Nigerian girl who was accused of being a witch living under subhuman conditions, in a witches lair  in the middle of the jungle.

Though an official trailer is not out yet but our minds can’t help but wonder and imagine what a beautiful, powerful and culturally filled movie this would be.

Kudos to director Ifan Ifeanyi Micheal and we can’t wait to see this Movie!

 

We are back with our MCM of the week…

Hey guys,

Been a minute right… we missed you all too!!! 🙂

So on this edition of #MCM we have a big crush on the  award winning filmmaker, director and actor Udoka Oyeka, For those of you who watch TINSEL you may know him as the “scheming yet handsome” Tsav.

Before he landed the big role in the hit series TINSEL he had accomplished and received numerous awards both nationally and internationally.  He released his first feature “ZR-7 (The Red House Seven)” in 2011 which was nominated for Best Child Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in 2011. After this feat he went further in the film industry to produce other award winning pieces such as “Down and Out” ,  “Living Funeral”, and “No Good Turn”

Over the years Udoka has received over 10 nominations from the prestigious Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) and Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and screenings for prestigious film festivals such as; Cannes Film Festival 2014, Durban International Film Festival 2014, Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles 2014; the African Film Festival New York 2014, Zimbabwe Film Festival 2014 and the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) 2014.

Udoka is one man with who has accomplished a lot in nollywood both on the national scene and international scene.

And that’s why he is our Man Crush!

 

Create, Connect and Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts With You

Hey People,

Wanna learn about all the juicy details of our 2018 SID celebrations? Then you are in the right place.

The event which held at stonehedge hotel in abuja saw over 160 students in attendance from over 10 schools across the FCT and as well as thousands of students in all the 36 states in Nigeria.

The Executive Director National Film and Video Censors board Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, in his welcoming speech said this year’s Safer Internet Day celebration marked a milestone because it was celebrated across all the states of the federation.

A highlight of the event was when the ED made commitments towards ensuring that that SID is always celebrated in schools across the country and also that safer internet is incorporated in school curriculum.

He also noted that NFVCB is collaborating with the Ministry of Education to include Digital literacy in the Nigerian school curriculum which will go a long way in providing the youth with the basics in getting on with the trending digital innovation and also benefit from the digital environment as they  follow the laid down measure to sustain the internet provision which has a lot of benefits.

The Web Rangers Ambassador Fatima gave a brief presentation on her tenure which just ended. She gave the students and insight to how she became a web ambassador and all she has been able to achieve for the past two years, she also gave them a step by step explanation on how the become Web rangers.

The day featured cinema time where the students watched a movie while having popcorn ,there was an internet safety presentation where the kids answered questions and went home with lots and lots of gifts.

SID 2018 was a fun, educative and inspiring and the students had lots to eat and drink before heading back to their schools.

Here are some pictures from the event, ENJOY!

Safer Internet Day 2018. Create, Connect and share Respect: A Better Internet Starts with YOU!!!

Hey peeps!!!

It’s that time of the year again where we celebrate our annual Safer Internet Day and we are so grateful that we have been a part of this great cause. The Safer Internet Nigeria team in partnership with National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) with support from Google proudly presents Safer Internet Day (SID) 2018.

SID is a globally held event celebrated across the world on the second day of the second week of the second month of each year to promote safer and responsible use of the internet especially among young internet users.

Birthed in Europe in 2014, SID has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in over 100 countries across the world involving thousands of stakeholders to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone.

We have celebrated SID for three consecutive years now in Lagos State and this year SID 2018 will be celebrated in Abuja. Last year’s event was educative, Informative and fun. We had about 75 students from different schools across Lagos and the day featured the “Balloon Challenge”, a fun game created to tackle cyber bullying. The Students were also given advice from dignitaries and keynote  speakers on how to be safe online while enjoying all the benefits the internet offers.

The theme for this year is: “Connect, Create and share Respect: A Better Internet Starts with You and the event is set to hold on Tuesday, 6th of February, 2018. We are expecting 150 students from 10 public schools and 5 private schools across Abuja

We are super excited to announce that we will be expecting the Executive Director of National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) Alhaji Adedayo Thomas and the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed.

We are also happy to announce that this year we are syndicating the event in all 36 states across the country.

The aim of this yearly event is to sensitize everyone especially young people on the responsible use of technology in line with cyber security.

The event promises to be educative, informative and also entertaining with fun activities.

For more information about the event, follow us on Instagram/Twitter @saferinternetng and Facebook- Safer Internet Nigeria

Remember A Better Internet Starts with YOU!!!

Here are some pictures from last year’s event. Enjoy!!

Looking to apply to a Film Festival???

Happy new year peeps!!!

This year, we are bringing something new and exciting to you guys… as we keep you posted on our activities, we would also keep you updated on various film opportunities out there. 

So there are a couple of  international film festival competitions currently ongoing and we know y’ll are film enthusiast so check them out and see which one suits your area of expertise   

Feel free to interact with us on twitter @homevida, IG @homevidaawards and Facebook @Homevida also check out our updates as time goes on cause this yer we are coming with a bang!!! 

See some of the ongoing competitions below:

  1. Aesthetica  for short film – Deadline 31st May 2018
  2. DC Web Festival for Web Series – Deadline 31st January 2018.
  3. Web Fest Berlin for web series – Deadline 04th March 2018.
  4. Shooting People for short film – Deadline 31st January 2018. 
  5. Norwichfilm Festival for short film
  6. Brussels short film festival – Deadline 8th February 2018
  7. Toronto shorts international film festival  – Deadline 31st January

 

WIVES ON STRIKE AND SILENT TEARS TAKE HOME ONE MILLION NAIRA EACH AT THE 8TH NIGERIA INTEGRITY FILM AWARDS (HOMEVIDA) + ALL THE JUICY GIST

The 8th edition of the Nigeria Integrity Film Awards, Homevida held on the 2nd of December at the Renaissance Hotel Ikeja in Lagos.

The event which started at 6:00 pm was a night full of fun, good music and good food. The evening started with a gorgeous display of cocktails and canapes which gave guests the opportunity to network and talk with acquaintances.

Present at the awards were film makers, film enthusiasts and the Director General of Nigeria Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, United States Government representative Marie Davydecko, Chief of Party USAID/SACE Charles Abani, Lead Public Policy and Government Relations Google, Titi Akinsanmi, and Nollywood Veterans including Omoni Oboli, Sam Uche Anyamele, Emeka Okoye amongst others.

This year’s thematic area for USAID/SACE was Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance (TAGG) while Google’s was Countering Hate Speech, Radicalisation and Terrorism.

The evening featured the premiere of the 2017 Homevida short films which are “Man In the Mirror” in the Countering Hate Speech, Radicalisation and Terrorism category supported by Google and “Dilemma” in the Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance (TAGG) category endowed by USAID/SACE.

Kehinde Oluwaseun a 23 year old screen writer wrote the script Dilemma for the TAGG category and Micheal Osabor a 22 year old writer wrote the script “Man In The Mirror” for the Countering hate speech category and they were both awarded at the event with a plaque and cash price of N250,000 each.

This year’s Award show highlighted the impact Homevida has on the film industry in Nigeria, this is evident in the short film “Gana Street League” which was written, funded and produced by the 30 script writers that were shortlisted to attend our script writing workshop. These Young and talented film makers took what they learnt from the workshop and made a movie which was premiered at the awards.

For the Feature Film and Documentary Category, Wives on Strike by Omoni Oboli won the award for Best Feature Film, Wives on Strike was nominated along side Politics and Money by Micheal Nwankwo. One of the nominated documentaries pulled out leaving Silent Tears by Ishaya Bako.

The night ended with lovely classic music by Guchi Tenor and lots of pictures and dancing.

Congrats to all the Winners and thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this event

To be a part of Homevida 2018 kindly send a mail to info@homevida.org

Enjoy some pictures from the event!