DIGITAL MEDIA LITERACY AND YOUTH INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA

TitleDIGITAL MEDIA LITERACY AND YOUTH INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA
Publication TypeConference Paper
Author(s)Aduloju, E. T.
Affiliation (1st Author)Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Section or WGMedia Education Research Section
DateWed 26 June
Slot CodeMERW2a
Slot Code (Keyword)MERW2a
Time of Session11:00-12:30
RoomCG20
Session TitleTensions in the Curriculum: regional perspectives
Submission ID4534
Abstract

The new media are increasingly inescapable facts of the contemporary life. They constitute a frontier with rich opportunities and risks, particularly for young people. Through digital media, young people today are participating in a wide range of activities, including social networking, blogging, gaming, instant messaging, downloading music and other contents, uploading and sharing their own creations, and collaborating with others in various ways. There are instances of negative self-development resulting from this connectivity. Also, the addiction to the internet and other forms of digital media causes them to neglect other productivity engagements. These, in no small measure, have contributed to the moral, educational, cultural, and social-economic degradation experienced in Nigeria as a nation, generally. Thus we cannot ignore the fact that the inflow of negative and undesirable media messages and contents that the children and youth are faced with on digital media particularly, cable television, video films/music, cell phones, internet services, etc, could have adverse effects on them. The study investigated contemporary views regarding the uses and effects of new media on the integral development of the youth. It employed the survey research design using Port Harcourt City, Rivers State as the study area and was anchored on media literacy theory. Findings revealed that the youth in Nigeria are not adequately prepared to meet the challenges of the present age of media explosion and therefore are adversely affected. Therefore, this paper recommends that the integration of media literacy education in the curricular of schools and colleges and training of personnel for the use of new media among others. Given that the youth cannot be denied access to these digital media, because they are also necessary for their integral development, this paper argues that youths should be properly guided, equipped and rightly informed about being digital media literate. This literacy will instill in the youth the abilities and capabilities to face the challenges that digital media contents pose to them in this era of media convergence to build sane youth and moral society.

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