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Take fewer selfies - Youth specialist encourages young people to share more positive ideas on social media

Published:Tuesday | February 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Youth specialist Tameka Hill urges young people to use social media as a productive tool.


A youth and gender specialist, who is credited with inspiring women and children across the globe, claims that prospects for young Jamaicans will improve once they stop posting selfies and start using social media to share ideas about how to develop their country.

Speaking last Sunday to dozens of children and young adults at a seminar in Lucky Hill, St Mary, Caribbean youth policy expert Tameka Hill urged the audience to use social media wisely and think about how they can utilise Facebook and WhatsApp to help push new agendas and initiatives.

After the seminar, which ran under the theme 'Are you able to live above the influence?' Hill told Rural Xpress: "I really believe that we're misusing social media because we see it as an opportunity to either brag or just show off. What we should be doing is using it as a platform to reach others, effect change, and say what we need.

"Social media is not just about posting comments and updating your status, it can be used to write articles and make videos highlighting things that need to change. Let's use social media to create change. Once that happens, I think people will realise that social media is not just about hype."


Commonwealth award


Hill, whose work supporting women in Bangladesh earned her a Commemorative Award from the Commonwealth Secretariat, recently launched a foundation to improve literacy rates among pre-teens in Clarendon and believes that, ultimately, it is young peoples' schemes, concepts and motivation that will transform Jamaica.

She explained: "A lot of people say the youth are the leaders of tomorrow, but I say that young people can start to lead today. We can start to be the agents of change. We don't have to wait until we're in our 30s and 40s, we can start making a change as of now.

"If young people see something in society they want to change, they don't have to wait until they are older or have a career; you can start to change things from now. Once young people start to recognise the power we have and the impact we can make, things will change. There are a lot of us, we have numbers; and so, if we start to rally our peers, we'll start seeing a change."