You and I in the Cyberspace. By; Oshaloto, Joseph Tade 

The Internet as a platform has democratized the cyberspace and the *cyberage , offering every single one of us the power to actively participate. Anyone with tools as basic as a smartphone can now produce and share media contents with an ease and speed that is incredible – his feedback is equally as easy and immediate. A technical term for this advancement is known as the Web 2.0.
Our liberties are now more freely exercised. This is sweet, if you ask me. 
As common with any libertarian regime, there is popular participation. Expressions are always in huge volumes – good or bad. But when you consider man’s natural inclination to abuse just about anything, especially liberty, you just know he needs ‘help’ to safely enjoy this enormous liberty. 
While I’m not about to suggest a muzzle of any sort, for I acknowledge an unhindered online expression – the crazy, the kind, the desirables and the deplorables – as a veritable part of democracy (even though I believe everyone MUST take responsibility for his actions), I’m compelled to suggest safer and dignified ways we can use the cyberspace. 
It is not uncommon these days to see lots and lots of news sites and headlines screaming and sometimes winking for our attention. A lot of times these sites present very enticing headlines and offers just to ensure that you click. It is called Click bait. 
These click baits come in most audacious and also in the creepiest ways. And the user often feels taken advantage of. Imagine your frustration, when for example, you’re trying to fill out a form online only to be redirected to a some frivolous site where you naturally wouldn’t have gone even in your lowest moments… , you’re also ‘treated’ to a crazy barrage of news and the alternative news! 
Sifting through thousands of online newspapers, magazines and blogs poses a huge challenge to an average Internet user, as the ability to craft headlines and leads – which are the windows to news items – is no longer an exclusive skill of the mainstream media. In fact, amateur sites are just as skillful with this as their professional counterparts. 
So what must a user do? How does he play safe amidst an army of ‘news sellers’, money doublers, ‘middle belt repairers/rejuvenators’ etc. whose claims are often not verifiable? How does he live life on this same cyberspace where he’s only a click away from danger?
I believe Online/Internet advisory service people have said so many things on this. I hope to collect some of their pieces of advice and share later. But if you’re able to lay your hands on them before I do, kindly post and tag me for wider circulation.
The need to stay safe on the Internet is as important as ‘important’ can get. A frivolously lived life on the Internet predisposes you to injury; mentally, socially, financially, morally, spiritually, academically, relationally and LEGALLY. 
Needless battles on these eight fronts should be avoided.
And so, we must take necessary precautions, always! 
Happy holidays.
Kindly visit oshalototade.wordpress.com or http://www.facebook.com/tadejoe for more articles

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