ALL NETWORK PROVIDERS IN ZAMBIA SHOULD INCREASE THE PRICES FOR ALL INTERNET DATA BUNDLES TO PREVENT YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ACCESSING INTERNET – SAYS TIZA MUKUKA
As a youth advocate, I am calling on government through ZICTA and ministry of information to ask internet service providers in Zambia to hike all prices for data bundles in order to prevent Adolescent from scrolling through the internet all the time.
My statistical research shows that 80% plus youths in Zambia have easy access to internet which as a result makes them to be less productive and also contributing to moral decay when they surf obscene material like pornography online. Most young people have easy access to pornography, reduced physical activity, internet addiction disorder etc.
If network companies increase the prices for internet data bundles, young people won’t afford hence they will channel that energy to other productive activities which will contribute to our booming economy.
The key here is moral boosting benefits, amongst the Zambian youths.
Zambia is a Christian nation and that title is not only backed up by speaking in tongues every Sunday but by also correcting other citizens such that youths in particular who are not in order.
As a youth advocate, I am also aware that Internet has proved to be one of the most innovative inventions for us. It has made its presence felt in every sphere of our life, be it economy, society, health care, spirituality, etc.
Prominent among its benefits is the impact it has had on the education sector. Students gain access to innumerable research papers, apart from getting latest updates in the field of science and technology. But as they say, “With great power comes great responsibility”, Internet has created new challenges for the society and the most threatening among these is the impact it has had on youths in Zambia.
Internet addiction has been recognized as a disorder even in many countries, and rehabilitation centers have even been created to help youths to get over it. The sad part of this whole phenomenon is that a large proportion of Internet addicts are youngsters always, who are extremely vulnerable to its ill-effects.
I know there are several advantages and disadvantages of Internet but in this article, my focus is on its negative effects portrayed in youths in Zambia.
By Tiza Mukuka
Your Youth Advocate