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Is Your Child Old Enough to be on Social Media

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The current generation of kids are amazingly precocious. Their wide-eyed curiosity and seemingly insatiable desire to constantly learn new things means that, your child is probably active on social media at an early age.

According to the Research and Development Unit of Yudala, an online and offline e-commerce outfit, while there are actually age requirements for social media use, most parents are oblivious of this and do not know if their children are indeed old enough to be on social media.

During last year’s observance of Safer Internet Day (a global event encouraging “safe and responsible” use of the internet), a study revealed that more than three-quarters of children aged 10 to 12 had admitted to having social media accounts, despite being below the stipulated age limit. Another research –  The Social Age Study – discovered that approximately 59% of children have already used a social network by the time they are 10.

Facebook has the most users under the age of 13— 52 per cent of 8 to 16-year-olds admitting they ignored Facebook’s age restriction.

As seen from the foregoing, a worrying dimension is the fact that, most kids on social media may have resorted to lying about their real ages when opening the accounts in order to by-pass the age limit.

As a result, these young ones inadvertently get exposed to harmful effects such as cyber bullying, grooming, offensive language and pornography, among others.

If you are one of the blissfully ignorant parents whose under-age child is probably active on various social media platforms, then you need to know which of these are off limits.

According to Yudala, here are the age requirements for a few of the most popular social media platforms:

Twitter/Instagram
 Around the period it came on stream, the minimum age requirement for anyone signing up for a new account on Twitter was 13.
This was included in the network’s terms of service. Fast forward to 2009, this was removed and relocated to Twitter’s privacy policy, a portion of which states: “Our Services are not directed to persons under 13.
If you become aware that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us at privacy@twitter.com.
We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we take steps to remove such information and terminate the child’s account.”
Same age limit of 13 applies to Instagram whose policy states that: “Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher).”
If your child is below the age of 13, he or she has no business operating a Twitter or Instagram account. Your involvement may actually be necessary in checking your child’s activity on both platforms because, despite the ban on under-13s, Twitter and Instagram never actually ask the user to confirm their birth date.

Facebook/Snapchat
 Facebook also has the age limit pegged at 13 and above for potential users looking to create an account.
The service also boldly dictates how to report an account belonging to someone under 13. However, Facebook adds an extra layer of control by bringing up refusal messages if a user types in an under-age date.
For Snapchat, the minimum age is 13 as well. This is in compliance with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
Snapchat works in the same way as Facebook by asking for a date of birth upon sign up, and if the birth date indicates that the user is under 13, they’re not allowed to create an account.

YouTube
YouTube requires account holders to be 18, but a 13-year-old can sign up with a parent’s permission. Furthermore, when a YouTube video has been age-restricted, a warning screen is displayed and only users who are 18 or older can watch it.
Age-restricted videos are not visible to users who are logged out, are under 18 years of age, or have Restricted Mode enabled.

WhatsApp
Unarguably one of the most widely used social media platforms, the minimum age of use for WhatsApp was previously 16 but it has now been changed to 13.
The Facebook-owned service, nevertheless admits that, like many age restrictions on social media apps, some children may ignore the age requirement and sign up for WhatsApp when they’re younger.
However, the responsibility for this is passed to the parent as WhatsApp’s policy states that it is up to the parent to decide if they are comfortable with this or not.

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Cybersecurity Firm unveils Certification for Cloud Environment

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Petrovice Nigeria has introduced Certified PCI Cloud Security Assessor (CPCI CSA) a certification programme for cybersecurity in the cloud.

This is based on meeting PCI DSS when using a cloud service provider recommendation by Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC ).

As a follow up to the recommendation, petrovice has signed a MoU with Digital Bridge Institute for training to achieve the certification for corporates and individuals.

Certified PCI Cloud Security Assessor is for a vendor, cloud customer and cloud auditor to assess the over- all level of security offered by cloud provider and build the necessary assessment processes for engaging with cloud provider in other to comply with PCI security standards and legislation.

Adesanya Ahmed, chief executive officer, Petrovice resources, said that the product serves as a Cyber security framework for cloud, as well as a standard to secure financial transaction in the cloud.

“Awareness has been made through a data classification workshop organize by Office for Nigerian Content Development in ICT in collaboration with Microsoft on September, 2016. Certified PCI Cloud Security Assessor, is the only qualify certification you can use to assess PCI DSS when using a cloud service provider,” he said.

It would be recalled that Petrovice resources solution for last mile connectivity and cybersecurity recently secured patent license from the Federal ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment through the Registrar Trademarks, Patents and Designs.

The Patent involves the processes of using TV white space (available frequency within UHF and VHF) for last mile connectivity with the use of 802.11af WI-FI ( establishing connectivity through machine to machine integrated 802.11af in auto mobile, POS machine, medical equipment, and surveillance camera regardless of their location), inclusive with the processes of implementing a mobile device management (MDM) solution to address variety of security threat by mobile devices, apps, and Oss that make up today’s increase diverse corporate computing environment to protect organization from today’s and future cyber security and threat. Please check the below architectural design.

The solution will enable a very high bandwidth for triple-play video streaming without buffering, allow for a longer-distance Internet connection with no line-of-sight challenges and enhance mobile hospitals regardless of the patients’ locations. Further, this invention will also enhance automobile advancement for mobile Wi-Fi and maintenance.

“It will also improve the scope of surveillance by security personnel regardless of the distance, and it will resolve intermittent Internet service, which has been the major obstacle to mobile-computing penetration and cloud computing for rural areas and developing countries with last-mile challenges.” he said.

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Black Friday: Jumia Food Shuts Down Music Concert with Eating Competition

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By peter oluka

In what appears to be the first time an e-commerce company in Africa will organise a music concert to usher in the Black Friday festival, Jumia Group Nigeria (all the companies within the ecosystem) surpassed its customers’ expectations this year by organising a music concert in honour of the Black Friday festival which started on the 13th of November and is expected to run through 13th of December.

The highlight of the concert which held last weekend was the eating competition organised by Nigeria’s No.1 food ordering platform, Jumia Food.

While there were many side attractions such as the adrenalin pumping  performances by the likes of Wande Coal, Falz, Skales, Niniola, Sound Sultan, Mayorkun and others, the eating competition brought frenzy to the crowd, and left them spellbound.

A total of 6 young teenagers (3 males and 3 females) volunteered to participate in what seemed easy at first glance, but only 2 of them could finish the task effortlessly.

Imagine the rigour and torture of having to consume within 10 minutes several plates of foods/snacks without using your hands! It was similar to a tug of war but this time around, using your mouth to pick every piece of food on the plates – and oh, without drinking water.

The anticipation from the crowd was much; the cheer was deafening and each contestant had a pool of supporters drumming up support for the win. The grand prize was a N10,000 food voucher.

Speaking at the event on the company’s participation at the concert, Olamide Bada, managing director of Jumia Food said the platform provided a good opportunity to interact with its teeming customers.

“For us, it’s about interacting with our customers and showing them how to use our platform to order for food. As a company, we have created this platform to ease the stress of ordering food from your favourite restaurants within minutes,” Bada said.

At the end of the competition, 2 contestants (both males) tied in for the win and emerged as the winners of the competition. They were instantly rewarded with their N10,000 food vouchers.

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Eliminate Wasting Time and Act in Real Time

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Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited

A sudden technical problem in an organisation, especially during business hours, can cause havoc for an IT department as it is not usually prepared for it, nor does it immediately know what the exact cause of the disruption may be.

 

This is according to Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited, an authorised distributor of NETSCOUT solutions throughout Africa.

 

Jacobsz said, “There is no value, in such a crisis, in having the IT department internally trying to apportion blame between the network engineer versus the network technician or service provider. Instead, the IT department should have a system in place that avoids such ‘finger pointing’ and enables seamless and continuous operation, as well as effective preparation in the case of a crisis.”

 

Visibility for network engineers

Jacobsz said that network engineers need to be aware of as many touch points to the data as possible, especially with applications that are hosted in the Cloud.

Data sources throughout the network need to be leveraged to provide an overall picture of how services and applications are performing. NetFlow, SNMP, stream to disk packet capture, automated data mining and application performance alerting need to be used system wide to stay on top of performance and security threats, while providing IT professionals with actionable data in the event of a problem.

There are simply too many changing technologies for the network engineer to keep up with at an expert level. In view of this, the network engineer needs to rely on automated analysis tools to provide direction on problem alerting, isolation, and root cause resolution.

 

In order to validate, troubleshoot, and restore these systems, network engineers require visibility to take the right action in the right place, which ultimately saves the company money and prevents downtime.

 

Monitoring and analysis by network operators/ technicians

Before a new system goes live, it should be monitored and analysed by network operators using management and monitoring systems and tools.

There are major benefits to implementing these management systems – first, technicians will be able to keep step with a highly dynamic network environment, which places greater demands on their role.

These demands include application problem resolution and analysis of network components, which cannot be accessed in the Cloud.

In today’s critical network environments, technicians cannot continue to lean on legacy systems that only display up/ down status and ping response times. This data cannot facilitate finding the root cause of slow application response and often does not allow the problem to be isolated and resolved.

 

Preparation by service providers

This is a key to success, in addition to constant skill updates and the ability to be flexible and adaptable. Service providers need to establish and execute on some critical best practices to keep ahead of the complexity and to provide the highest level of service and support to their clients.

Key areas to focus on for best practice execution include:

  • Pre-deployment assessment;
  • Installation and test; and
  • Documentation and reporting.

Service provider field teams can improve project scoping and estimates, reduce call-backs and issues, and ensure satisfaction that results in prompt payment, additional service opportunities and referral business, by focusing on these three areas.

 

“It is important that IT divisions within the region’s enterprises are as efficient as possible in order for them to not only compete on a global scale, but to also, ultimately, have a bigger impact on the local economy. We are proud to have this kind of real-time service assurance and cybersecurity solution available to the African market, “ concluded Jacobsz.

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