Education in Burkina/Media: AmiNet raises awareness among students at Lycée Manegba in Kombissiri about the proper use of social networks

AmiNet, a TV show dedicated to social media, technologies and innovations, also engages with young people, especially students and students from Burkina Faso, with the same spirit: raising knowledge of the use of social networks. On Thursday, May 12, 2022, this education campaign group, led by AmiNet promoter, Amélie Gué, was at Manegba Private High School in Kombissiri, in the Center-South region, where it exchanged with many students from all categories. of age.

For about three hours, the team, composed of structures and resource persons from social networks, including the Central Brigade for the Fight against Cybercrime, was presented in various parts of the social networks, with support in video projections.

To better tailor and convey the messages of awareness, the organizers carefully divide their audience into two groups. The first is made up of children, who have no experience with mobile phones, and therefore with social networks, and the second group is made up of the elderly, at the heart of these technologies. For young children, and in a participatory approach, specialists were able to measure the level of knowledge of these new communication tools following what stage, they were given a lot of advice.

Partial observation of students, carefully following AmiNet team interventions

The second group is entitled to more in -depth presentations, highlighting bad practices in the use of social networks. Video projections and other news reminders related to leaked videos with different content allow students to measure stakes on the topic. Thus they are aware of the dangers involved, for example, in publishing false news (often called Fake-news), in “liking” (the fact of liking a publication), in the nature of images and compromising videos, the various attacks to which they can be exposed on social networks and the very best practices to use in this virtual world.

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“Some actions seem bad, but there are serious consequences later”

“The idea here is to first raise awareness. There are people who have certain behaviors because they don’t know what they are doing or the consequences that can be obtained from what they are doing. (…). By in this project, it is a question of making videos for the 3rd edition of AmiNet which will start soon.Media literacy videos, which will also address current issues related to fake news that causes a lot of damage and whose consequences for some people are harmful.You may recall that just a few days ago, a citizen (Internet user, https://lefaso.net/spip.php?article113161: note of the editor) was arrested for publishing false information. (…).

Students mobilize mostly to get an idea and learn more about social networks.

That’s why we speak so that people, especially young people, understand that we need to be careful with their actions. Some actions seem bad, but there are serious consequences later ”, justified Amélie Gué.

Social networks not only have negative features, they have many advantages, determines the promoter of AmiNet, for whom these tools can be used wisely, as long as we know what we are looking for. .

“We’re meeting with these students and students with practical cases, so they can understand what’s at stake. Right now, the youngest are no longer Facebook, twitter, they think they’re old; they’re in Tik-Tok, Snapchat etc.… Previously, there was a participant who asked if what we said was valid for Tik-Tok; because he did not know that whatever the social network, if you publish, it is for everything you publish and the dangers are everywhere.Social networks not only have disadvantages, they also have many advantages.You can train there, learn many useful things, learn about scams to avoid some pitfalls on social networks even and in physical life, ”presented Amélie Gué.

Amélie Gué, promoter of AmiNet, gave a lot of advice to the students and gave them tips to avoid the hassles associated with social networks.

For police lieutenant Julien Legma, of the Central Brigade for the Fight against Cybercrime, the primary goal of communication is to impact students on their behaviors on social networks. It requires knowledge of the risks associated with its use. “So it is necessary to know the types of information to be shared, the precautions to be taken. We give them practical advice to help them expose the activities of the cybercriminal, which aims to collect information and data from users or to scam them, ”Julien Legma continued.

In his exchange with students, he presented figures showing that each year, more than 2,500 complaints, on average, are recorded by the Central Brigade for the Fight against Cybercrime and more than a billion losses. “As for young people, it’s the essence of sharing personal content on social networks (photos, videos) over and over again,” he learns.

Police Lieutenant, Julien Legma.

Hence the culture of cyber-prudence instilled in them (young people) through these media literacy outings. Lieutenant Julien Legma also, and in a brief presentation on the structure, recalled that the referral to the Central Brigade for the Fight against Cyber-Crime is free and open to any citizen.

“It’s important to let students know …”

Wangnin Zerbo, hacker (cyber-security professional), insisted on the fact that the Internet is just a virtual copy of the real world. “In the same way we deal with, in the real world, attacks, thefts …, on the internet, it’s the same thing”, he warns, urging his colleagues to have a responsible attitude . This, obviously, will never give a chance to an unknown person with data that is likely to compromise you.

Wangnin Zerbo

“We also tell them it’s important to be on social networks and promote your value, your skill. Value yourself, because the digital world is like the physical world; the more we get to know you well “The more we solicit you, the closer we will be to you. Be present so that we do not take away your identity, it is very important. So it is necessary to have intelligence to improve the conditions to be protected from everything that can be dangerous on the Internet”, joked by Wangnin Zerbo before presenting the most common types of attacks, including phishing or Phishing (methods used by fraudsters to obtain personal information with the intent of committing identity theft), password theft, malware, social engineering, which is the most prevalent. The latter consists of pretending to be one of your relatives and asking you for an action, a service, Mr. Zerbo explained.

Like Yambuliya Dipama, promoter of Lycée Manegba in Kombissiri, the managing staff also followed up this familiarization session with the students. Mr. Dipama admits that this activity is very close to his heart, because of the place of social networks in the lives of young people. “It’s important to make it known to students, to highlight both sides of the Internet. I love the content, it’s well-crafted, with testimonials that help strengthen students. It makes it possible to highlight a lot. elements and thus make the students aware of the various hazards. So I am satisfied that I have completed this session “, concluded the first manager of the establishment, Yambuliya Dipama.

Yambuliya Dipama

Lycée Manegba has a particularity in controlling the use of mobile phones within it. “If you want to have a serious, thorough education that you want to give children, there must be pedagogy, but also internal rules that allow everyone to know what discipline is, integrity. And within. establishment, we prohibit the use of cellphones during class time, ”Mr. Dipama explained, adding that any student caught with a cellphone will be punished.

“I send messages especially to girls…”

A student at Terminale D, Aminata Tapsoba noticed that the Internet does indeed have advantages, but also many disadvantages. “It allows us, for example, to make acquaintances. But the downside is that it can expose our lives, if we publish compromising images and videos and damage our future. I understand that if we take photos and even if we don’t publish them, it doesn’t mean it’s safe for a third party to post on social networks. I send a message especially to girls to be careful what they do, because they are the most exposed. (). I also understand that misinformation (fake news) travels faster across networks. That’s why it’s best that we always check the sources and see if there is any necessary information to publish, ”he said.


Student Tapsoba in 3rd class, she remembers that the images and videos we believed would be deleted from her phone would not be lost at all; it can ruin the future of the young. “I know you have to be careful about these things, I’ve always been careful with what I post, but tonight I also found out other things I didn’t know, like to verify the information and share it ”, he argued.

As for combining business with pleasure, the session ended with a presentation on the “Nayane” application. It is a concentration of solutions for education and health. It is an effective and efficient tool for parents of students, managers and promoters of establishments, and more.

After Adama Touré Youth High School, Manegba High School in Kombissiri, the awareness campaign (May 5 to 17, 2022) continued at Aube Nouvelle University and Marien N’Gouabi High School.

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