NCD youths undergo social media training

By WANPIS AKO

Youths from various suburbs and settlements in the city have undergone a workshop on how to responsibly use social media platforms. It started on Thursday and ended on Friday 04, November 2019.

The Media Development Initiative in collaboration with the NCDC’s Youth Desk and Public Relations Division trained the youths about the proper use of the medium. Facilitator Dickson Sorariba said the training was funded by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) under the Australian Aid to PNG.

He said the training equipped the youth with social media techniques, its applications and to use these tools and platform in a more responsible manner so that their voices can be heard by those in authority for appropriate response. Mr Sorariba continued that the youths were introduced to both power director and canva application where both can be applied to dress content to post on respective Facebook platforms.

“The youths can produce short films using power director and design short messages using canva application, a graphic software that comes with thousands of ready-made designs for the users, said Mr Sorariba. The training looked at how traditional media ties in with social media and the rise of social media in this digital age, he said, adding:

“It also looked are Cyber Crime Act, defamation laws, freedom of information and expression in the Constitution which gives citizens the freedom to use the social media. The participants were also cautioned to be responsible for their contents and the pictures that are posted on Facebook. Co-facilitators McPolly Koima and Lemach Lavari also made contributions to the training. According to Sorariba, the objective of the training was to empower them with social media skills, placing them on a platform where their voices can be heard.

Youth Coordinator Rex Buka said possession of android cell phones amongst the youths have taken toll on their life, enabling them to use social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. He added that they have posted things which could have attracted defamatory lawsuits or worse still, their posts lacked referencing or attribution to original owners. Mr Buka said the two-day training was conducted to help them to be aware of legal issues and post contents that are attractive which can draw more audience.

He said over 100 youths have shown their interest to be trained so they will be slotted during the next couple of more similar trainings which will be conducted. NCD Governor Powes Parkop’s Office, he said, will fund the proposed trainings in future. Sharing similar sentiments, Media and PR Manager Wanpis Ako said the training would not only help them to voice their concerns on issues affecting them, but also the skills learnt can help them to market their products and work.

The use of social media, Mr Ako said, has boosted vibrancy of democracy in the country to the next level as it knows no boundaries. One of the participants Allan John said he learnt many new things on how to use various social media platforms, adding he was very happy with the facilitators. John is the Vice President of Moresby NorthEast Sports Foundation and an SME owner. He said the skills they learnt would be useful in their daily activities.

“I am very happy with the training because I am mostly engaged in sports and SME activities. Another participant Vanessa Periko, who leads Kaugure Youths and Women, said she also learnt about how to dress up their contents with graphics or good pictures before posting on Facebook to attack more audience. She also commended the trainers and facilitators for the workshop.

 

 

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