The Communications Authority (CA) of Kenya is mandated by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies to protect consumers, which includes the protection of children from entering into or being exposed to dangerous situations which could negatively affect them.
As part of its mandate to protect children the CA drafted a Child Online Protection Booklet in 2018. The Booklet is available for download here.
More recently however the CA has partnered with Google and other stakeholders to increase the awareness of child online safety with Google approving a grant of 100 million Shillings to promote safe internet use by children and youths. CA Director General Mrs Mercy Wanjau announced the launch of the Google “Be Internet Awesome” project at the CA facility during Safer Internet Day on 11 February 2020.
Mrs Wanjau stated that “…unknown to many parents and guardians, children are constant victims of cyber bullying, online sexual harassment, with many even being exposed to sexually explicit materials and online stalking”.
The event saw the attendance of 400 primary and secondary school students and their teachers. The teachers were asked to help develop the students critical thinking and digital literacy skill.
The Kenyan Children’s Act provides for children’s rights and parental responsibilities and these provisions extend to protecting children in cyberspace. Children are a vulnerable class in society and protecting them online from exposure to bullying, stalking, sexual harassment and explicit material is important to their development.
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