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Authority Supports New Child Online Safety Initiative

Posted on: 23rd November 2018

Mobile operators sign a charter during the launch of We Care Kenya Campaign that seeks to protect children from harmful effects of the Internet.The Authority has endorsed the initiative, the first to be rolled out in Africa.

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has endorsed an ICT industry initiative to protect children in the cyber space.

The campaign dubbed We Care Kenya Campaign is driven by the mobile operators in collaboration with the global association of mobile operators, GSMA. It is the first of such initiatives to be rolled out in Africa.

Speaking at the launch of the event, CA Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi lauded the move, which he said complements other existing initiatives.

‘‘I wish to commend the GSMA for bringing the industry together on this noble initiative and having Kenya as the first country in the African region to roll out this campaign,’’ said Mr.Wangusi, who was represented by the Authority’s Mr. Christopher Wambua, Ag, Director, Consumer and Public Affairs.

The launch saw four mobile operators; Safaricom, Telkom Kenya, Airtel and Jamii Telecom sign a charter committing to make the Internet a safer space for children.

Kenya’s growing ICT industry has seen the proliferation of communications services and an increased usage of the Internet. While the Internet presents numerous opportunities for socio-economic development, it also riddled with risks especially to vulnerable sections of the society like children.

‘‘While many of our children access Internet through mobile devices, the vulnerability is bound to rise even as we increase access through laptops and computers in our learning institutions,’’ said Mr.Wangusi.

Three years ago, the Authority launched a child online protection initiative dubbed Be the COP, which sought to increase awareness on the vulnerabilities of children in the cyber space as well as equipping parents, guardians and teachers with skills to enable them protect children from harmful effects of the Internet.

Other interventions that have been put in place include the establishment of the Kenya Computer Incidence Response Team Coordination Centre (KE-CIRT/CC) which supports law enforcement agencies resolve cybercrime issues and respond to cybercrime related incidences.

Members of the public can report any incidents to the KE-CIRT/CC through the email address : incidents@ke-cirt.co.ke  or visit the website: http://www.ke-cirt.go.ke/ .

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