Nigerian dancer and choreographer, Kaffy Shafau, award-winning TikToker, Rodney Umeh, and communications manager, Meta West Africa, Sola Obagbemi has joined media practitioner and writer, Tosin Ajibade-Oladeinde to educate Nigerian students on safe media use social.
The New Media Conference School Debate held at Chalcedony School, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos with the theme “Does Social Media Enrich? and began with a debate among the students before the lecture.
In their argument, students aged 9 to 11 highlighted the importance of social media and listed ways to curb excessive use of it. Some of the topics discussed during the debate include; cyberbullying, adult content, spreading fake news, plagiarism and social media checks and balances, among others.
Speaking at the event, Kaffy advised students to make sure they take advantage of social media platforms positively. She added, “Social media is a tool, and you are the engine. The good and the bad will always exist but who is behind the keyboard is what matters.
Sola Obagbemi urged children to be good ambassadors no matter what social media they use. She said children should learn to apply the benefits of social media for their education and personal development.
Congratulating the host school, panelists and students for their contribution to the success of the program, the organizer, Oluwatosin Ajibade-Oladeinde, assured participants that she would continue to do her best to raise awareness and educate children on the proper use new media.
Prizes were awarded to the groups of students who came first and second. Each participating student received a copy of the book “Olori Supergal from Social Misfit to Social Media Hero” written by Tosin Ajibade and “Alajota” by Kafayat ‘Kaffy’ Shafau.
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