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Guide children’s social media usage, Lagos government tells parents

The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board has urged parents to monitor the activities of their children on various social media platforms.

The Chairman of LASUBEB, Wahab Alawiye-King, made the call during a sensitisation programme organised by the Guidance and Counselling Department of LASUBEB on ‘Effects of social media on a growing child’. Alawiye-King noted that it might not be totally possible to debar pupils from using the Internet but parental control would help curb some social media-related vices.

Alawiye-King, who was represented by the board member of LASUBEB in charge of special duties, Dayo Israel, urged pupils present at the sensitisation programme to imbibe good character as worthy ambassadors of the state.

The guest speaker, who is a lecturer at the Department of Educational Foundations, University of Lagos, Bola Makinde, noted that the Internet could help children develop technical skills that could help them in the future.

She said, “As an experienced tutor, social media can help widen the horizon of children by reading far and wide beyond textbooks, most especially when they are preparing to write examinations. But the time spent on social media by children should be strictly monitored and accounted for productively by their parents.”

A board member of LASUBEB, Sherifat Adedoyin, said the programme was to ensure proper parenting of children with the intention of dissuading children from vices that could jeopardise their future.

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