As we further investigate usage trends for social media among children and young adults, it is important to recognize and maintain the appreciation of some benefits of social media for this demographic of the Kenyan population. Friendships can be developed and strengthened among children and young adults in conducive and safe environments using the basis of shared interests, hobbies or geographical locations.
The global reach of social media networks has turned the world into a global village.
Social Media platforms are now integrating texting and messaging platforms, a trend that will grow the social networks more.
In June 2016 Facebook integrated SMS texting into messenger; subscribers select if they want to send texts within the Messenger App to avoid switching between screens.
Kenya is celebrating Social Media Day on 30 June 2016.
Social Media Day was launched by Mashable in 2010 to recognize the digital revolution and create Social Media awareness.
Eneza Education is a Kenyan mobile education platform with a virtual tutor (Mwalimoo) and teacher’s assistant that gives both students and teachers access to material and interaction platforms on subject based discussion groups.
The family unit has also found more ways to engage using social media, thus growing or maintaining certain bonds.
Mental stimulation on a peer to peer level proves to have more impact on shift in mindsets.
Such case studies motivate children and young adults on the impact of social media for social good.
Concerns for child safety online cannot be looked over but it is important that Kenyan children learn to use social media safely and responsibly and become exemplary digital citizens while maximizing on the social network tools for growth in the country.
New statistics show babies and toddlers suffer the worst sexual abuse online.
The Internet Watch Foundation finds disturbing new trend which shows the younger the victim, the more severe the sexual abuse.