Back To School Talk

I read this article written by Ronke Onadeko and just had to get her permission to share. The tips are invaluable. Many teens and older children are going back to school. There is need to prepare them for the new school year. Share with your children how much it costs. Do the math with them, include school fees, back to school shopping, uniforms, extra curricular activity, transportation costs, medicals, phone bills, electronics -phones, laptops, iPads etc. Share with them the opportunity cost for you. What else that kind of money can be spent on such as a new car, vacations, … Continue reading Back To School Talk

Tolerance …Managing Diversity

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly more diverse along various lines – religion, race, gender, socio-economic status etc. Unfortunately, in some cases, these differences have led to a mass loss of lives and injuries to many. Hardly does a week pass by without the tabloids reporting suspected terrorist attacks or some form of violence in different parts of the world. In the past one-week alone, there have been reports of terrorist attacks in Adamawa state, Nigeria and Barcelona, Spain; Stabbings in Turku, Finland and the Charlottesville violence in Virginia, USA. Whether the cause of these violent acts … Continue reading Tolerance …Managing Diversity

#WWWOPK – What Did I Do?!

#WWWOPK (What We Wish Our Parents Knew) is a platform for children to express themselves, share some of the things they wish they could tell their parents but for some reason choose not to do so directly or just let us into a glimpse of their world.  Let’s listen, we just might learn a thing or two. Enjoy! Nowadays, when most kids get to the age of 10 and above, our parents (some, not ALL), seem to think that we have gone on a rebellious streak. For example, I was talking to a friend one day then she told me a … Continue reading #WWWOPK – What Did I Do?!

The “Hot Water Challenge”

If Jamoneisha Merrit (11) knew what tragedy will befall her on the Sunday she was invited to a sleepover party at a New York apartment, she would have snuggled close to her mum and slept peacefully in her own bed. Apparently, her host had other plans for her, and they definitely were not good plans judging by the turn of events. Unknown to Jamoneisha, her 12 years old friend had heard of the #hotwaterchallenge and decided that the sleepover would be a perfect opportunity to participate in the challenge. As I write this, the victim is in a hospital bed with … Continue reading The “Hot Water Challenge”

Could You Be Peddling Nudity & Porn?

I woke up this morning thinking about nudity and pornography. Don’t worry I’m no pervert. This train of thoughts was triggered by a trend I’ve observed that’s gaining grounds at an alarming rate. The problem is that it’s getting so common that it’s almost seeming normal. So let me back up a bit. About 3 weeks ago, someone sent me a video of 2 children (they couldn’t have been more than 5 years old), having sex somewhere in the bushes. Her reason for sending this clip to me was “I know this is the work you do, so please address … Continue reading Could You Be Peddling Nudity & Porn?

Parental Control

Yippee! The summer holidays are here…respite from early morning school runs & tons of homework. Holidays are a time to let our hair down, relax and have some fun. You probably have a couple of activities lined up for your children…family vacation, summer school or perhaps you’ve decided that they’ve worked so hard during the school term so you’re just going to suspend most rules. I don’t mean to be a killjoy and I do agree that there is a place for relaxing the rules a bit but it’s important that we still ensure that necessary safety nets are in … Continue reading Parental Control

#DQEveryChild…#DQEveryOne

In the past couple of weeks I’ve been championing the #DQEveryChild campaign, a unique global education movement developed by the DQ Institute Coalition comprising the World Economic Forum, governments, leading NGOs, academic researchers, and ICT companies, which aims to empower every 8-12 year old child around the world with DQ digital citizenship skills by using a simple ‘plug & play’ method.   To be honest ever since I became very conscious of the concept of digital citizenship and the norms and code of conduct that responsible digital citizens should subscribe to, I realize that it’s not just the children that need the … Continue reading #DQEveryChild…#DQEveryOne

Snapchat! Snapstalk!! Snapsafety!!!

My mum sent me a video of the young girl talking to her parents about the recent snapchat update. Before then, I hadn’t paid much attention to the safety risks associated with the update but that video set me thinking. For those who might not be familiar with Snapchat, it’s a social media platform that has over 166 million users daily (just to put in context how popular it is). The way snapchat works is you basically upload pictures / videos of any and everything and usually only your friends should be able to watch if your account is restricted. … Continue reading Snapchat! Snapstalk!! Snapsafety!!!

Parenting in the Digital Age – Infographic

If ever one needed a “How to parent” manual it’s now. Trying to parent the way our parents parented us is an exercise that would leave one frustrated. There are definitely many great tips we can take away from our own childhood experiences and methods employed by our parents but with digitalization, it’s imperative that methods change. For example, in times past, “go to your room…you’re grounded” was a punishment any child  resented, however, in this day & age sending a child to his / her room as a way of disciplining him /her just might be an exciting “proposal” … Continue reading Parenting in the Digital Age – Infographic