CSA to monitor students’ social media, online platforms behaviour

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The Cyber Security Authority (CSA) following the increasing spate of cyberbullying on social media and other online platforms is developing a framework to monitor students’ behaviour online and also protect them from cyber security threats.

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The Director-General of the Authority, Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako said due to recent reported incidences, the framework has become necessary as is being made possible by Cyber Security and Data Protection Laws enacted.

“By combining the provisions of the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038) and Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843) 2020, the Cyber Security Authority is in the process of developing a comprehensive framework to address the behaviours and implications of students’ online activities. This framework would encompass awareness campaigns, educational programmes, and guidelines for responsible online behaviour,” he assured.

Dr. Antwi-Bosiako in an address delivered on his behalf at a Cybersecurity awareness seminar encouraged the students who participated in the cybersecurity seminar to build a good online reputation which projects their values.

“Everything you post, share, or engage with online, leaves a trace that can be accessed by university admission officers, marketing companies, job recruiters, embassies, etc

This digital trial can have far-reaching negative or positive implications that can affect a student’s personal and professional life, such as scholarship offers or causing expulsion from the university due to online conduct

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Students may also face immediate consequences such as cyberbullying, online harassment, online fraud, sextortion, blackmail, or reputational damage,” the Cyber Security Authority Director-General told students at the seminar.

In other news, blogger, Augustus Koranteng Kyei popularly known as Kobby Kyei citing the impact of social media in the present World has called on the Ghana Education Service to introduce it as a subject to be taught in schools.

Speaking on GTV’s Breakfast show monitored by AcademicWeek, the Digital Marketer and Influencer said social media has become an everyday trend and is mostly used by many individuals including prospective students in the country.

“Instead of Senior High School students particularly females using the platform for unnecessary stuff like tweaking, they should be educated on the best way to use social media to improve their studies

I think GES must also introduce social media in the school curriculum because now social media is the older of the day and now a lot of the children are on social media, they are on Facebook and other platforms,” the blogger stated.

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