#TwitterBan: Digital citizenship is a step forward

Updated: Jun 8

With the recent decision of the Federal High Court in Lagos Nigeria to grant an ex parte injunction stopping the activities of Twitter in Nigeria, a lot of people have been talking about what's next for social media in Nigeria and how we can do better using hashtag #TwitterBan across multiple channels.

We are facing a new era of censorship in the digital world and the first to fall victim is Twitter.

The recent ban that was effected on June 4, 2021, has been a controversy that has been making news for days now. While people have protested against the ban on Twitter using alternative means, there are other social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp which remain out of the government's radar.

It is the need of the hour for the Nigerian government to understand that its decision to forcefully regulate social media platforms is not the perfect solution to the challenges bedeviling it.

The decision by the government to ban twitter has received hundreds of criticisms from both the national and international community. The decision has been criticized for its blatant disregard for freedom of expression as guaranteed by the 1999 constitution and also for being a knee-jerk reaction to the current situation.

In recent times, social media has been a vital tool for education and communication.

Though social media has its benefits, it also has its demerits. The increasing number of social media users in Nigeria has led to the rise of social vices like cyberbullying and online harassment, which has now become a common occurrence with the Nigerian Government on the receiving end.

The need to invest in digital citizenship education is becoming more apparent as the world becomes increasingly connected. "Digital citizenship" is the new buzz phrase used to describe the idea of how we use social media platforms and in what manner.

“People, Institutions and Governments across the world are unable to grasp the repercussions of their actions because they lack knowledge about how to use social media platforms in a responsible way.

This is according to Patrick Bamidele Nwafor, CEO at Digismart.

Case Study

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Glasgow reveals that young people are more likely to behave unethically online when using social media platforms. The findings suggest that digital citizenship education could be beneficial in helping young people avoid negative behaviors while using social media.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Glasgow, surveyed 1,400 participants between the ages of 18 and 35 on their attitudes toward digital citizenship, as well as how they use different social media platforms.

As a leading provider of digital citizenship solutions for the education sector, Digismart will be offering her Digital Citizenship short course free to the general public.

The solution was initially aimed at helping schools develop and successfully implement a digital citizenship curriculum for students but has been refurbished to suit adults regardless of their educational background.

Digismart is now raising awareness about the importance of education in the digital space. With the launch of this program, we want to help Individuals, the Government, Schools, and Parents to teach children, teens, and adults the proper way to use social media platforms.

We strongly believe that if people learn how to use social media properly, they will be able to make more constructive use out of it.

This move comes at a time when there has been heightened media focus on the role of social media in influencing educational, political processes, elections, and policies in countries across the world.

This is what we need to foster and nurture in our young people so that they can be responsible, productive, and accountable citizens of the digital age.

Become a digital citizen today, visit www.digismartnigeria.org

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