My Quest To Teach

October 3, 2016

Suggestions for African Parents When Monitoring Their Children Online Part II

Suggestions for African Parents When Monitoring
Their Children Online Part II

William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College


1.African parents monitor your child’s online
activities constantly and explain behavior
expectations for their actions.
Parents should be aware of where their children
are going online.
a. Children’s psychological safety is just as
important as their physical safety.
b. Have conversations about their favorite
sites, who their online  friends are, what
social media platforms they are using.
c. Are your children using video to share
information, are they using  Google maps to
tell their friends where they live? These are questions
African parents need the answers too.
d. Talk to educators and other parents about
sharing educational,  and edutainment

2.African parents, “Know safety, No injury.
No safety, Know injury.”
African parents should be involved in
determining how much tech is being used
by their children in their homes, in the
community and in the schools.

3. African parents your child build a positive
relationship and respect for their online
activities. This respect decreases bullying,
cyberbullying,  cyberstalking and sexting.

4. African parents must model good online
behaviors. If your child sees you acting certain
ways they will do the same. Your children are
also influenced by peer pressure and modeling
for behavior by you. The Internet can be a fun
place, but there are dangers.

5. African parents set a time limit for being online
by your  children, more emphasis on reading
and other activities that challenge thinking,
reasoning and higher order thinking. African
youth have great potential to influence the
future of their nation and continent.

6. African parents don’t be naive, consider
the source when your child is trying to be
deceptive to what they are doing.

7. African parents teach your children to
know how advertisers  work. Not to click
ads that say free games, candy, toys, etc.

8. African parents ask your children to
teach you something new online.
Parents test their intelligence and
intellect with technology.

9. African parents Google your children,
Hashtag your children, in Google, Twitter,
Facebook YouTube and other sites
First Name Last Name + City, State,
Community  and you can search for
their friends also to check activity.

10. African parents it should not have
to be said, teach your children not to
put personal information online.
Identity theft is a major problem in
this digital age and terrorists are
working hard to involve youth, teens
and young adults to be used as
weapons and propaganda tools.

11. African parents check parental
controls in your browser and learn
how to check your browsers history
to see where the kids and teens
have gone online.

12 African parents, if your children
play online games monitor the
language and conversations. You
can’t control others and their
actions and language, but you
should be able to control your
child to a certain degree and talk to
them about behaviors of others.

13. Each Social Media site has an
age restriction. African parents
talked to your children about
Facebook, SnapChat and Vine,
whatever your children are involved in.

14. African parents be friends with
your kids until they are 16 at least.
Don’t stalk them, but monitor
behaviors and actions online.

15. African parents, the online
experience should help to build social
skills and build cultural awareness.
Education is influenced, but
must be guided by parents and
educators working together.

16. Africans “Treat others as you would
like to be treated.” The Internet
is a global platform, a broad
community that represents the
world. There is good, bad, dangerous,
and deadly.

17. African parents learn new terms so
you can understand your child’s conversations.

18. African parents plan to attend workshops,
seminars, and conferences.

I hope these suggestions help African bloggers,
writers, content creators and storytellers expand
their craft, build relationships and expand the
truth about the beauty and awesomeness of
Africa.  Wm Jackson

October 1, 2016

Africans Start to Hashtag and Google Yourselves Part 1

Africans Start to Hashtag and Google Yourselves
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
Educational Technology and Social Media

The elevation of Africans having access to the
Internet is increasing the digital footprint of
those denied access to information for years.
Internet access supplied by providers is allowing
people in cities, villages and towns unprecedented
access to information.

Africans are embracing their Afrinerdiness
(African Nerds) that encourages global collaboration,
cross cultural connections, access to entertainment
media, and educational resources never seen before.
There is so much digital eye candy that African teens
and young adults need to be cautious of the glitz and
glamour of global content.
As Africans grow in engagement, their words
will have new meaning in the global context of their
digital content that will expand. The perceptions
they create will define them, the digital ether can
quickly and unmercifully absorb the
attentions of Africans and present a unfathomable
world of cultural.


Googling will have a new meaning for Africans,
their created content is fresh, unfiltered by world
exposure and lack of  Internet etiquette and guidelines
in some cases. African children are in many ways no
different than European, Asian or American, many
want their content to go viral, with the potential of
making them instant superstars and celebrities.

African parents like others from around the world
must be very cautious of their children’s access to
online content because it can literally be addicting
and life changing. Unfiltered access to the Internet
in some cases may be a Pandora box because African
children like those of other nations may not
inappropriate content being created and read
or viewed.


For African parents to keep up with their children
they should Hashtag and Google their children
regularly. To digitally follow them, not stalk but
check to make sure they are not being lead or
drawn into dangerous digital territories.

African parents must be educated on setting
boundaries for their families in the absence of
local, national and continental laws safeguarding
children from predators, stalkers, scammers and
even terrorists. As a professor teaching
Educational Technology and Social Media safety
in higher education, youth, teens and even
young adults do not understand the dangers of
posting to much information online about
themselves, their families and even their
ideologies related to religion, sex and education.

There are still parts of Africa that are not and
may not embrace the ideas of freedom of speech,
and open society to information and even the
freedom of girls and women accessing
educational resources. Educational institutions
across Africa are going to have to develop
policies and procedures to make sure all
students no matter their religious background,
cultural upbringing, economic status, political
status and even mobility will have to have
equitable access and support.

As a parent of two I demand equal educational
resources for my daughter like my son. My
daughters value is just as important as my son
from elementary to university levels.
As an educator I have equal expectations of success
for my male and females students. My educational
diversity is that I teach on the elementary and
college levels and see all sides of educational
success and the results of educational failure by
lack of involvement by parents.


The development of policies, procedures and
practices cannot be made by one entity, it must
be inclusive of Internet Service Providers,
educational institutions, departments of
government and even involve African parental
groups because  they are the grassroots of
addressing issues and concerns.

There must be further opportunities to teach
parents about the online world so they can monitor
their children through Googling and Hashtags.
Many in government and business are of the
opinion that it is too early to address these issues,
I say there is not a level to early to empower parents
to teach their kids and to be  cautious and aware
of their safety.
Just as in the United States, I travel to teach
parents about Social Media Safety, Etiquette,
prevention of cyberbullying,  cyberstalking,
Sexting and other online activities are creating
social issues that have direct influence in the
social and educational order for families.


For too long Europeans have tried to determine
what is best for African people without asking
them, Internet access creates a  platform where
education is for everyone – equally.
The power of Google searches, Hashtags,
Branding, Marketing,  collaboration and even
association has a powerful place in global
communities. African parents learn to
Google their children,and Hashtag them.


Part II Suggestions for African Parents
When Monitoring Their Children Online


The Africa the media never shows


Elle Decoration

The Guardian

Blogging about Africa

September 17, 2016

Part 2 Building African Bloggers To Share African Voices

Part 2 Building African Bloggers To Share African Voices
by William Jackson, M.Ed
Edward Waters Collegfe
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach


25 Suggestions for African Bloggers
1. Write as if the world is going to read your
content. When people read your content they
should see, feel and hear the passion for what
your blogging about.

2. When creating content take the time to read,
review, rewrite, revise, what you have written,
sometimes you have to come back to what you
started to see a new direction or a new level of

3. Don’t trust anyone that tells you your blogs are
“great” all the time. Have a critical eye and humility
about your content. Some of your content will be
great some of it will just be ok, so be fine with it
and grow.

4. Don’t create content to be famous, sharing
your life potentially to the world, not selling your
soul to make a profit. Look at the greats like
Achebe, Addiche, Soyinka.

5. Embrace the diversity of the world. Your blogs
should be able to reach out to diverse audiences
unless you are specific about who or whom you’re
writing to.

6. Don’t always write about sunshine and happiness;
branch off and challenge your abilities
to write outside your box of understanding and
expertise. What is traditional, what is disturbing,
what is scary, the changes and challenges of
African culture.

7, Build your writing by reading what other writers
have written, see if your experiences
are like theirs. Chinua Achebe and others were
able to blend stories.

8. When writing, write as if telling a story to a friend
or family member. Relationships are important,
building a relationships brings connectivity and trust.

9. Read other writers that you respect and admire,
this inspires your creativity and literary growth.
You’re not trying to be like them, but create your
own journalistic journey.

10. Storytelling paints a picture, so use words
that encourage the imagination and
creativity in you.

11. Use music to inspire, excite and give you
the chills about what you’re writing. There
is a writers zone that will take over the more
you write.

12. When writing determine if there are challenges,
conflicts that need to be overcome and shared.

13. Don’t be afraid to submit your blogs to multiple
sites. You never know who will publish
your works. Even if you are rejected 100 times,
101 might be the one that gets you an
awesome gig.

14. Keep your passion and excitement about
your writing, it is an extension of who you are.

15. Write different kinds of stories.

16. Read, Read, Read and Read some more,
fall in love with reading.
17. Your writing is an important part of who you
are, what you are growing into and how to
expand your voice.

18. Bloggers must continue to grow in their fields,
you may start off in a traditional blog,
but be willing to incorporate Microblogging,
Podcasting, Vblogging and other technologies
that reach diverse audiences. Periscope,
Facebook Live and other platforms.

19. Volunteer in your community if it is safe
to do so. Help others and see the beauty in
people of diversity. Never judge those that
have less or even more than you do.

20. Blogging is a life-long journey and
should be a life-long adventure for the blogger.
When people read your works, see you in
person they should be able to see your
passion without you saying a word. Be a
student of life, never think that you can know
too much, learn to little or grow too big. Be a
part of something bigger than you are that is
positive, and productive. Your words will last
forever, what impression do you want the
future world to have about you??

21. Take time to meditate and listen to the
ancestors, what stories are they telling you
to write.

22. Look into the eyes of children, the elders
to seek the spirit of Africa, to share with those
that want to see what you see, rely on your
writings to experience life experiences.
“When old people speak it is not because of
the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is
because we see something which you do
not see.” Chinua Achebe

23. Write something every day….

24. Use YouTube to listen to past discussions
by Achebe, Hughes, Dyson, Sanders,
and others that are not well known.

25. Create your own YouTube channel or
Vimeo to record your reading and share
your stories through video.

Nigerian Bloggers Directory –
African Blogging Awards –
African Fashion Bloggers –
10 Best Viewed Blogs of 21014 –
25 of the Best Blogs in Africa –

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