The Africa Centre for Media and Financial Literacy (ACMFL) organized a webinar on digital parenting for selected parents in Ghana last Sunday. The webinar which took place from 6 pm to 8 pm was organized to help parents appropriately guide their children on the best use of the internet; especially around this time when a lot of activities are taking place on the internet.
The webinar was under the theme; 'Trends, issues, and challenges of parenting in the digital age'. It was delivered via Zoom in partnership with Ramsys InfoTech Solutions Limited and was attended by over 60 participants across the country. The participants were mainly parents, teachers and child rights advocates.
Speaking after the Webinar on Sunday, the Director of ACMFL, Mr. Stephen Tindi, indicated that the Webinar forms part of several literacy programs the ACFML has lined up to help people make informed decisions about media usage. He says “the Internet is an important tool but people need to be educated to use it effectively. Parents especially have no choice than to become digitally literate because that's the only way they can monitor and support their children online especially during this pandemic”.
Among issues discussed at the webinar were Internet safety Measures for both parents and children, Child security, parental control measures among others. Mr Emmanuel Arthur, CEO of Ramsys and resource person for the seminar encouraged parents to pay attention to the activities of their children on the internet. He encouraged parents to endeavour to understand the emerging trends in internet usage and applications to guide their children effectively. “Parenting today is like reading law, you have to learn a lot to be able to train the digital generation”, he said.
Some of the participants who spoke to this writer after the webinar expressed gratitude for the opportunity to learn about digital parenting. They also expressed an eagerness to join subsequent webinars organized by ACMFL.
The ACMFL is an independent educational nonprofit organization with a laser-like focus on two critical literacies that have become indispensable; Media Literacy and Financial Literacy. Their Vision is to empower all citizens, particularly the vulnerable on media literacy and financial literacy.
Africa Centre for Media and Financial Literacy (ACMFL) is an independent educational nonprofit organization with a laser-like focus on two critical literacies that have become indispensable; Media Literacy and Financial Literacy.
Our vision is to empower all citizens, particularly the vulnerable through media literacy and financial literacy, and we are on a mission to become the frontline institution best known for promoting education, influencing policy and encouraging research into media literacy and financial literacy in sub-Saharan Africa
Our goal is to partner governmental & non-governmental Institutions, Media Organisations, Financial Service providers, funding agencies, individuals and all other relevant stakeholders to advocate, develop and implement Media & Financial Literacy Programs across the country.