By Umoh-Obong Kingsley
The Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State on Media, Mr Essien Ndueso, has warned teenagers against the adverse effects they could be exposed to due to ineffective use of the social media.
He gave the warning in a presentation on Wednesday during the 2017 Youth Entrepreneurship tour at St. Brian Model College, Uyo, a programme organised by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Social Re-Orientation, Mr Ekpeno Gold, in partnership with Akwa Ibom State Teenage Forum.
Mr Ndueso sensitised the participants on the effective use of the social media platforms, saying that social media is the entire universe compressed into one application which can either make or mar the future.
“The social media is a convenient platform to get correct information from the right sources and get exposed to things we need in life.
“As children of God, there are several sites that are not meant for us, and of such, we must not visit them. Some of them can expose you to having premarital sex which can lead to contracting HIV/AIDS.
“There are social media platforms for e-learning, e-banking and e-business which we can use to get educational materials. and are patronised by some of the world’s richest men and women.”
The Governor’s Media Aide further stated that “When you browse the internet and find out some robotic items and you try to imitate the character, it can alienate you from the real life situation. Social media can either make or mar, it can do good and harm you depending on how you use it.
“Constant usage of the colloquial languages such as abbreviations, symbols or emoticons while chatting on the social media, can endanger your writing and spelling skills especially in your examinations. If you spend much time reading fake news on the social media, you could be misinformed on what is happening around you.”
Mr Ndueso urged the teenagers never to disclose their identities and personal details to unknown individuals on social media, saying so many young people are being lured and destroyed through the social media.
He also sensitized them on the free and compulsory education policy of the Governor Udom Emmanuel, and payment of WAEC fees for students, which he said they can easily be informed on the right channels of the social media.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon. Akan Okon, identified solutions to some of the challenges facing the world today to some unlikely sources, which, according to him, are from teenagers groups, saying that while some young investors around the world are developing different devices and techniques, putting their minds to overdrive for innovative solutions to problems that plague this world, some are out there busy enjoying their lives to the fullest.
Mr Akan, who spoke on the topic: “Teenage Entrepreneurship, The Path To A Lifetime Of Success,” said “An entrepreneur is someone who is able to actualise his/her inept potential and develop a character that is not dependent but independent. Someone who undertakes great values by putting in unique packages of resources within any available opportunity.
“To be a successful entrepreneur, you must identify what opportunity exists in your environment and go out and spread that opportunity. An entrepreneur has the capacity to build something from practically nothing. Entrepreneurs are achievement-oriented. They take responsibility for decisions and dislike repetitive and routine world. Creativity and innovation are in the hand of the spirit of enterprises. You must be creative and innovative in the way you carry on your business.
“Entrepreneurship is the vehicle that drives creativity and innovation. Creative ideas are the underpinning to any great business. To have a successful business and become a successful entrepreneur, you must be great. You have to do things differently from other people are doing. Creativity enables you to realise something new.”
“Innovation is a tool for any entrepreneur. Both innovation and entrepreneurship require creativity. It is said that all innovation must begin with effective idea. It involves building on something that is in existence, but in a more efficient and better way of handling it.”
Highpoints of event were HIV/AIDS sensitisation where the participants were educated on the need to abstain from unprotected sexual intercourses till marriage, and the various ways virus can easily be contracted; and Dakkada creed recitation
Present at the event were the Special Assistants to the Governor on Grassroots Re-Orientation and Agriculture, Mr Joseph Okon and Armstrong Moses respectively; Principal, St. Brian Model College, Mr Linus M. Etuk; President, Akwa Ibom Teenage Forum, Martins Jimmy Mr Edem Orok, Health counsellor, Society for Family Health, and Miss Akwa Ibom group