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Guardian Enlightened on Effects of Social Media
CCP held its second Guardians Training on the topic “Effects of Social Media on Children, Teenagers and Youth” on March 4th 2017 at Maranatha Faith Assemblies building where 165 guardians participated in the training. Pastor Karmoh Gaius from Liberia attached to Nairobi Missions Church and a student at the African International University (AIU) facilitated the training. In his introduction to the topic, he quoted Ephesians 5:15-16 “Be very careful then how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.” He encouraged the guardians that life has choices and they needed to be careful the way they lived. He encouraged them to live wisely and believe what God says. He pointed out the different types of social media but majored mainly on the internet, the phone and the television which greatly affect the current generation. He engaged them in a discussion on the advantages of social media such as enhancing communication, finding new friends and connecting with long-term friends, getting fast hand information, finding job opportunities and helping the current generation in assignments especially college and university going students. Pastor Karmoh further elaborated on the negative effects which included: emotional abuse through cyber bullying, befriending strangers who may not be genuine friends or may not have good intensions for them, wastage of time (spending too much time on social media) and exposure to wrong sites and / or thing such as pornography. He clearly pointed out that social media has been used to set the standards of living such that it terms lack of some things (such as cars and nice houses) to be poverty which in the real sense was not the truth. He further posed a question to the guardians; “what is your role as a parent?” With reference from the Bible, he recognized the fact that parenting begun long ago when God created man and gave him the responsibility to take care and be the manager of his children. He quoted Proverbs 22:5-6 which states that “In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them. Train a child in the way he should go, and when he’s old he will not depart from it”, and Psalms 127:3 “Sons are a heritage form the Lord, children are reward from him.” Pastor Karmoh informed parents of the changing times and the dynamics in forms of communication. “We cannot reverse time because every generation has it challenges,” he said. However, he urged the parents to take up their roles in parenting their children which included: praying, talking, taking time to understand their feelings, explaining what makes something wrong or right, help children understand that not everyone is a genuine friend and has good intentions for them, setting boundaries and refrain from revealing their private lives to strangers. He added that they should befriend their children, set limits to access media, express family values and standards. Pastor Karmoh concluded the topic urging parents to seek refuge for their children and themselves because the days are evil. This refuge only came from studying and understanding God’s word. He concluded the session with a word of prayer for all parents.
Beginning the training with a word of prayer
Guardian attentively listening
Guardians in agreement
Pastor Karmoh giving a word of counsel to the guardians
One of the guardians answering a question
Stella Mwangi, CCP's Managing Director engaging the guardians in a conversation
Jacqueline Ngige, Director of Finance stressing a point
Guardians interacting
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