Jan 27, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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‘Flash Squad’ redefines teenage upbringing in a digital age in Africa

For parents who grew up without the internet, social media or cellphones, Flash Squad film helps to understand teenagers in the digital age.

The film highlights the challenges emerges that the contemporary digital age brings to youth who may elude their parents but directly impact their growth and well-being.

It bucks tradition and deviates from mainstream youth film themes of education and Health , and brilliantly narrates humor and style to tell the story of the struggles of modern teenagers.

The film premiered on May 26th at Nairobi’s Westgate Cinema and will be released on Akili Kids< will air /em> beginning May 27th and every Friday night thereafter.

Directed by June Ndinya, Flash Squad features a modern high school setting where students use phones to Bring school and Internet or social media use is used more a als textbooks, but comes at a high price.

The Squad is a group of three cyber best friends, Ahmed – play edited by Viktor Karanja, Honesty – played by Tessy Njine, and Mimi – played by Idda Sandra Chadola, who come to the rescue of her colleagues when using the internet becomes difficult.

Malik also stars in the film Lemuel, known as Govi, is the teen TV series Machachari, which briefly stars Ugandan rapper GNL Zamba.

The film covers cyberbullying, mobile money fraud, online safety and internet trolling and cybersecurity. Although these issues affect generations, they also affect teenagers, who are largely naïve and emotionally fragile.

While almost all of the characters are teenagers seemingly lost in a digital world, Ndinya says the film doesn’t just intended for teenagers , but aims to educate adults and parents.

“This film will be an eye opener to everyone about what we do on social media, what we post, what information we share and how we interact with internet Strangers,” she said.

Jesse Soleil, the film’s creator and executive producer and President of Akili Network, said, “Cybersecurity and security is a pressing concern, especially with teenagers being forced online by the pandemic . And parents don’t know what’s going on online.”

“This film explores some of the key issues affecting teenagers on social media today. Our kids need to know how to stay safe online, and we need to learn how to protect them,” said Evelyne Kasina, online safety expert for kids.

The series’ first season has six episodes, each about seven minutes long and will premiere every Friday night on YouTube and local streaming network Baze.

Ndinya said they are open to suggestions from the public.

The film also comes with a toll fee . Free SMS hotline to support victims of the issues she wants to raise and answer questions.