The NETISM Introduction (Audio)
Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen,
My name is Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon, and I am the NETISM Author.
As we all know, history defines us, because sometimes, the past dictates the future stakes. So within the next few seconds, it is quite pivotal to give you a brief about my Journey as an Author.
I feel so fascinated to inform you that this is my 4th book within the previous 4 years. After so many years of doing research writings and different online publications, my sideway career as an Author officially started in 2016 shortly after the completion of my service in the 7th Senate of the Nigerian National Assembly as a Legislative Aide. My first book was titled; Empowering Youths with 30+ Lucrative ICT Ideas - a research work with the focus to foster the long-awaited digital economy in Nigeria. In 2017, I participated in a National Development Reality TV Show where I unveiled the Investor’s handbook, titled, NICTIP Initiative – with the vision to establish National ICT Industrial parks in all the 6 Geo-Political Zones of Nigeria. In 2018, I publicly presented the The New Ekiti Dream: which is a long-term Socio-Economic Development Plan for Ekiti State.
But in 2019, I decided to write about one of the pressing societal issues in Nigeria and other affected regions across the globe, focusing on the pros and cons of technology in the digital era. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my utmost pleasure to introduce to you; “NETISM: The Art of Digital Parenting”. It is a Tech-Social Development Literature that maximizes education as a viable weapon to combat the down-sidedness of various experiences in the digital world.
The Research work, titled; “NETISM”; is dedicated to all the Nation Builders across the globe, particularly, the Educational Institutions, Religious Institutions, Matrimonial Institutions, United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2063 (The Africa We Want) by the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC), Non-Governmental Organizations, MDAs and other Civil Society Organizations that are committed to the sustenance of public moral ethics and the restitution of the vanishing value systems in various states.
To start with, I need to note that the invention of different digital technologies in the 21st century has reshaped the conventional daily activities of humans. Most importantly, evolution of the internet has introduced innovations channeled towards different value-added purposes, such as; education, Commerce, information dissemination, social interactions, entertainment, administration and other facets of the society.
It is a natural phenomenon that every invention could come with its unique pros and cons, that is, the blue side and the red side. Advancement of the internet and other ICT innovations are not immune to abuse or misuse. Moreso, children/teenagers in this day and age are highly exposed to ICT and the associated social exposures.
To be specific, the internet has paved ways for humans to explore a newly discovered planet beyond the well-known ones with just a click on a button. Amidst all these value-added products and services being created by the development of digital technologies in this era, committed nation-builders of this age must show a proactive concern about their negative effects on citizens’ morality, (most especially, when children are prematurely exposed to the pessimism of the digital world).
At this junction, please join me, kindly have a glance at the cover of the NETISM book; the kids of this digital era are illustrated as robots in the reflections of humans, it takes a tech-savvy style of parenting to properly nurture them to survive in an ever-changing digital landscape. It’s all about preparing them for the FUTURE, especially at their youthful stage and other subsequent phases of growth.
That is what I call Digital Posterity.
It is essential for us to take note of a point here, which is; “the resultant digital lifestyles of kids at their subsequent phases of growth, most especially, at their youthful age.”
Emphatically, as a parent, a guardian, an educationist and a nation-builder; if by today we fail to prepare something for the FUTURE, whenever the time comes, it could prepare anything for us…”
Everything about the NETISM initiative revolves around its logo, that is, the red and the blue concept.
The logo of the NETISM Project is relative to one of my oft-recited quotes, which states that, “the internet (and other digital gadgets) in the hands of a kid are likened to a double-edged sword, it could either make or mar the handler: it is healthier to tame the tech-savvy kids of today than to correct the irrepressible youths of tomorrow...” (Jawolusy, 2019).
Please note the five important emphases in this quote; “DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD, MAKE, MAR, TAME AND CORRECT”.
At this point, it is crucial to tell you what the NETISM book is all about in just one word!
TAME! TAME!! TAME!!!
What does it means to tame something or to tame someone? It means to control, monitor and be on top of a particular situation or to quench the negative power of something.
Redefining “Tame” in my own technical language; taming is contextually denoted as an early-precaution-system against the futuristic consequences of digital-based insecurities being caused by the activities of the end-users of different tech-gadgets.
Primarily, this book has a strategic focus on how to tame the tech-savvy kids of today towards the right digital footprint; while alongside ensuring that they use the internet and other digital gadgets at their disposals for career advancement, creation of national wealth and societal values and for their personal development – rather than using them in a pessimistic way.
When we were young, scientific facts and fictions informed us that 9 planets were in existence in the universe. Eventually, a new planet has been created through the productive activities of humans - that is, the internet – which is the ever-known largest market place, a place to sleep and wake up, a place to learn and earn, a place to associate, a place for business meetings and a planet for different forms of value-added services.
Recently, the internet has been purported as the “NEW CRUDE” with respect to its endless potentials for economic diversity of any nation, while also enhancing the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and GNP (Gross National Product) of the same - by offering different outlandish services to end-consumers across the globe. However, the viable indicator to measure the well-being of any Nation is per-capita income, not GDP; sequel to this fact, ICT could be maximized to actualize a digital-driven self-reliant economy that solely relies on the youths’ active participation in the nation-building process.
By the matter of fact, most of the top ten richest men across the globe all have internet-driven businesses and other digital-related innovations.
I mean the likes of:
Bill Gates of Microsoft,
Steve Jobs of Apple,
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook,
Jeff Bezos of Amazon,
The Co-Founders of Twitter & Instagram,
and the list goes on.
This indicator should be the major focus of various nation-builders across the globe, most especially in the developing states; if the youths of today in this side of the world are being allegedly seen to be lagging behind in catching up with the wave of the global economic shift, as nation-builders, what apparatus are we presently putting in place to ensure that the tech-savvy kids of this age would turn-out to have a responsible digital citizenship in the future – most especially at their youthful stage? Knowing fully well that the responsible digital citizenship of the people is essential in stimulating a sustainable socio-economic development of the target nation through tech-based industrial establishments and Foreign Direct investment (FDI). The task is hanging on us like a sword of Damocles.
This book contains the digital literacy tips handy for parents, educators and nation-builders – a timely intervention needed to foster the long-awaited responsible digital citizenship in Nigeria – in an attempt to change the recurring international misperception about the Nigerian youths to a splendid narrative.
This book would serve as a manual to guide the kids, the youths and other internet users on how to have a positive influence-exchange in the digital planet.
At this point, it is essential to have a strategy on how to restore the lost glory of the Nigerian youths in-line with the misperception about them in the international community. The Nigerian youths are talented, they are hardworking, they are vibrant and resilient – these are the types of reputable testimonies needed to facilitate Foreign Direct Investment that could foster the long-awaited industrialized economy in Nigeria – considering the fact that the youths constitutes the pivotal workforce needed to facilitate the full-flowering of any industrial establishment.
Here is a workable approach to change the narratives about the Nigerian youths to a decent one.
In reference to the Pareto 80-20 rule; it contextually states that if the 20% of a problem is rightly addressed, the problem would be 80% solved.
If you want to deal with a tree, you don’t cut its branches; rather, you deal with it from the root which is the foundation.
This non-country-specific book has the main objective to address the recurring tech-social problems in Nigeria by using education as an engagement tool. This entails the dissemination of handy digital literacy tips to the key role-players. Research has clearly shown that education and the right orientation of the general public about the dos and don’ts of the digital world has been proven to be the most viable weapon to combat digital insecurities – that is, “IF YOU KNOW – YOU KNOW…”
Pragmatically, the Government and the masses both have crucial roles to play in this process.
Sequel to this fact, through the means of different corporate social responsibilities, private and public institutions MUST be ready to embark on projects targeted towards the provisions of necessary digital literacy to the general public.
Additionally, through the maximization of effective policies and legislative tools, the 3 Arms of Government, that is, the Lawmakers, Judiciary and the Executives must synergize efforts making and enforcing laws, orders and policies that would immediately and futuristically protect the kids, the teenagers, the youths and other citizens against the negative influence of digital exposures. However, I have drafted a public bill to this effect.
Putting all these solutions together, Nigeria would undoubtedly take her rightful position as the Giant of Africa in all ramifications within the shortest period of time.
In conclusion, it is crucial to give a brief introduction about the contents of the NETISM book.
As earlier noted, this tech-social development literature was written based on the pressing need in this digital era.
The book is multi-faceted, it has 7 chapters; the kids, the teenagers, the youths, the parents and guardians, educationists, the internet users, nation-builders and all the citizens in the digital world all have a distinct chapter that talks about their roles in fostering a responsible digital citizenship.
The first chapter introduces the family as the smallest unit of a nation where the necessary societal morals and ethics are being infused into the citizens. In line with this fact, if the family fails, the futuristic moral potency of the nation in question might be at the brim of collapse.
The second chapter highlights the dynamics of a family with the following sub-headings:
- The Kid’s nature versus the nurture influence.
- Parents, kids and technology at a glance
- Jawolusism: the philosophy of influence-exchange
- A kid’s virtual world versus the real world
- The childhood experience
- The displacement of the conventional kids’ sequence of development due to digital influence
- Managing the 2-way-traffic influences on kid’s morality
- Differentiating between buying things and caring for kids
- The pros and cons of 18+ action movies and interactive video games on kids
- The disadvantages of excessive usage of internet and digital gadgets by kids.
- The parent-child relationship: mediation methods
- The methodology of parent-housemaid mediation
- Managing technoference
- Addressing the digital culture of a family
- The influence of a family disposition on business development
- The internet: a friend or a foe? (Cyber security at a glance).
That highlights the second chapter.
Logically, chapter one and two emphasize on the problems at hand and the statement of need, while chapters 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 talk about the solutions to the afore-listed challenges.
Chapter 3 enumerates 30 actionable tips for digital parenting.
Chapter 4 talks about the parents, the youths and the well-being of the nation at a glance.
Chapter 5 elucidates the strategies for effective parenting in the digital era by proffering recommendations for the role-players.
Chapter 6 enumerates 20 cyber security tips for kids and teenagers, that is, the dos and don’ts of the internet.
The last chapter of the book enumerates 20 cyber security tips for parents, teachers and other internet users.
In sum, there are two-sides of every technology, that is, the blue side and the red side: information and communications technology, especially the evolution of the internet is not left-out in this regard. In-line with the context and content of this research work, titled; “NETISM: The Art of Digital Parenting”, our roles as Nation-builders is to ensure that the Nigerian citizens are rightly positioned at the blue side. That is the concept of a Responsible Digital Citizenship as postulated in the NETISM book. This is the fundamental factor that is needed to foster a sustainable Digital economy in Nigeria.
And here’s my closing note; “Future! Future!! Future!!! If by today we fail to prepare something for the Future, whenever the time comes, it would prepare anything for us…”
The right time to act is NOW! And the Future is NOW!!
As we labour together to make Nigeria a great domicile of abode, kindly accept the assurance of my esteemed regards for you and your gargantuan contributions to the process.
By Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon (The Green4Blue Initiative Trailblazer)