MAXIMIZING ICT AND THE INTERNET POSITIVELY AS A YOUTH
MAXIMIZING ICT AND THE INTERNET POSITIVELY AS A YOUTH
UDONU .U. MAXWELL
Firstly, let me take you through the introduction of ICT and the internet; ICT literally means information communication technology. Information and communications technology (ICT) is an extensional term for information and technology (IT) that stresses the role of unified communicationsand the integration of telecommunications (telephone lines and wireless signals) and computers, as well as necessary enterprise software, middleware, storage, and audiovisual systems, that enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information.
The term ICT is also used to refer to the convergence of audiovisual and telephone networks with computer networks through a single cabling or link system. There are large economic incentives to merge the telephone network with the computer network system using a single unified system of cabling, signal distribution, and management. ICT is an umbrella term that includes any communication device, encompassing radio, television, cell phones, computer and network hardware, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and appliance with them such as video conferencing and distance learning.
ICT is a force that has changed many aspects of human endeavors. The impact of ICT on various fields or specialization of human endeavors such as education, medicine, law, business, tourism, banking, and engineering amongst other fields has been enormous. For instance in the education sector, ICT has helped both the tutors and the learners that is the students to achieve higher tasks in a short time efficiently via the use of ICTs and the internet.
The Internet was invented as a result of researches conducted in the early 1960s by visionary people like J.C.R. Licklider of MIT. The latter saw the added value of allowing computers to share information on research and development in scientific and military fields. That’s why, he proposed a global network of computers in 1962, and moved over to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in late 1962 to head the work to develop it.
While many people use the terms Internet and the Web interchangeably, they are in fact not synonymous. The Internet is a huge network that connects millions of computers together worldwide. Computers in this network can communicate with any other computer as long as they are connected to the Internet. The Web or the World Wide Web (WWW), however, is a way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet. It is an information space or a model that is built on top of the Internet where documents and other web resources are identified by URLs (Uniform Resource Locator), informally termed a web address. This space is interlinked by hypertext links, and can be accessed via the Internet.
Likewise to any field we may find ourselves operating ICT is very important as it has a very vital role to play in assisting us achieve what we want easily and at our fingertips any information and materials we ought to seek with the right device and the right keywords used in searching the information on the internet. As a pragmatic youth in Ufia land you can utilize the power of ICT in this era to make your work easier in your field.
IMPORTANCE OF ICT AND THE INTERNET AS A YOUTH NETIZEN IN UFIA LAND
We have a pretty much numbers of importances of ICT and the internet to you as a visionary youth who wants to utilize the opportunities ICT and the internet has brought to us already. I will be sharing with you some of the lucrative aspects the ICT and the internet can help you as a youth in Ufia land of which are as follows;
- Connectivity and communication
- Helps in solving problems in all areas
- Assist us in learning (distance learning)
- Advertising and marketing of products and services
- Making money on the internet
Now, let me elucidate more on each of the importance of ICT and the internet more deeply to us.
CONNECTIVITY AND COMMUNICATION
In communication and connectivity, ICT and the internet has helped us to communicate and connect with one another on a distance we cannot imagine and we communicate with one another without seeing ourselves and this is what I called the power of connectivity and communication. In this field of connectivity and communication for you to know that indeed to be a youth it is not just profitable to you and the community but also it is an opportunity to make more exploits positively to the world at large. Let me shock you that the facebook almost of us are enjoying today is a youth like you and I found it and he is the CEO of facebook we are using also instagram he recently bought whatsapp social media also from the owner in late 2017 and he is no other person but Mark Elliot Zuckerberg born on the 14th may, 1984 (35 years old) he is an internet entrepreneur and philanthropist, his net worth 76 billion US dollars most of us know and he is the 6th world richest person in the whole world now and he was just 15 years old when he launched facebook with his college roommates in the prestigious Harvard University one of the best university in the world. You can see that he is pretty much a youth like you.
Please, as a youth do not belittle nor limit you of anything because in you, you have the unique power and gifts from God to make exploits and impact the world for you are yourself no carbon copy of your own anywhere so all you need do is to discover yourself and your gifts and talents you are good to go globally with that but most of us only enjoy this connectivity in a negative ways watching porn videos, chatting empty chats (meaningless chats) or cheating and scamming others on the internet.
HELPS IN SOLVING PROBLEMS IN ALL AREAS
In the aspect of solving problems all of us can attest to it we once surf the internet in one way or the other so we find what we are searching in that aspect ICT and the internet has helped you and has helped me in numerous ways that we can name them. With the right keywords and links you can search for anything and found it on the internet and those articles, documents are published on the internet space by human like you and I mostly youths dominate most online publishing companies globally even here in Nigeria. We called them online publishers (bloggers) by His grace I am one among the contributors on the internet space you can check us at www.schoolguide.com.ng where I share educational articles and advise to students mostly in Nigeria. What am I saying wake up as a youth there are a lots of things to do always be open to learn from your elder, younger ones and mates be humble and you will make exploits.
ASSIST US IN LEARNING (DISTANCE LEARNING)
ICT and the internet has helped us to learn distantly from our comfort zones you can be in your home and all you need do is to connect the internet with your computer or smart phone we have a lots of free resource materials online via search engines such as google, bing and yahoo you can surf for what you desire to learn about and it will pop up for you to study. We have online schools and learning centers such as udemy amongst other where you pay learn and a certificate will be offered to you all at you comfort zone (home or office). As a youth please let us maximize this era with the loaded opportunities for our good and the societies around us also globally. Let us wake up from sleep and learn new things and apply them because an empty and idle mind and body is definitely the devils workshop.
ADVERTISING AND MARKETING OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Products and services we offer can be advertised on the internet space, ICT and the internet handles has made all these possible for us to do comfortable without any stress, all you need do is go to the social media and make a post about what you do or sell and boom you will see patronize will come your way no magic, professionally you can get a website designer and developer to setup a personal or business website for you and you can start marketing yourself also your products to the world.
Advertising and marketing of products and services comes from your gifts and talents although gifts and talents are not enough but these:
BEYOND GIFTS AND TALENTS YOU MUST HAVE;
- Focus , because focus directs your gifts and talent
- Preparation, because preparation positions your gifts and talents
- Practice, you must practice because practice sharpens your gifts and talents
- Perseverance, because it sustains your gifts and talents
- Courage, because it tests your gifts and talents
- Teachable, You must be teachable, teachability expands your gifts and talents
- Character, good character protects your gifts and talents
- Relationship, good relationship with people influences your gifts and talents
- Responsibility, been responsible strengthens your gifts and talents
- Teamwork, Last but not the least, teamwork. Team work multiplies your gifts and talents
Maximize these opportunity and thank me later if you are a skilled or business man or woman here God bless you.
MAKING MONEY ON THE INTERNET LEGITIMATELY
With your skills, products, services taken to the internet you are monetized already when you tell people about yourself , your skills, teach people what they do not know or sell your products/services and they pay you for it you have made money online no other secrets to it. Professionally, if you have passion about writing literatures, articles that sells very lucratively you are good to go get yourself a website setup start writing and making posts/publications of your articles in your particular niche do not think money as you start just do it and you are good to go, monetize it with google adsense as you start getting readers globally. Linda Ikeji of lindaikejisblog she started hers in 2006 she published news, entertainment gists and others as of now she earns nothing less than #3 million monthly on her blog no magic it is all about passion, be passionate for all you do.
In conclusion we should embrace the positive use of ICT and the internet, the place of ICT and the internet cannot be overemphasized. ICT has become a major key tool in acquiring, processing and disseminating adequate knowledge especially in the 21st century. As a youth make use of ICT and the internet judiciously as you will enjoy for we are the most luckiest and blessed generation we are blessed with technologies that we cannot imagine and more are still coming let us be ready to follow and learn along the trend of technology it is the best thing to do. Thank you!