Posted on: 8th January 2018
About the COP
The Internet is one of the most powerful communication and education tools ever invented and many people around the world are gaining access to it. Like with anything that powerful, there are some negative effects to it.
The Authority as the ICT regulator is mandated to protect consumers of ICT services including children. Children are a vulnerable group and there have been many cases of children unknowingly getting into dangerous situations that sometimes have detrimental effects to them. Protecting children online is a global problem that requires concerted efforts of parents, guardians, the government and organizations that focus on children, among others.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN specialized agency for ICTs-has a Child Online Protection initiative and has further developed guidelines for children; parents, guardians and educators; industry and policy makers.
The Authority has localized this initiative through the Child Online Protection awareness campaign in 2014 to raise awareness on the risks that children are exposed to online
To ensure that the campaign is effective, the Authority has partnered with various organizations including: Department of Children Services, The Cradle, Kenya Girl Guides Association, Kenya Scouts Association, Kenya Association of Professional Counselors, UNICEF, Google, Plan International, Terre de Hommes, Childline Kenya, GSMA and mobile service providers Orange, Airtel and Safaricom.
What the Law says about Protecting Children
Article 29 (D) of the Kenya Constitution states that ‘Every person has the right to freedom and security which includes the right not to be subjected to torture in any manner, whether physical or psychological’. The Constitution in Article 46 (C) on Consumer Protection states that ‘Consumers have the right to the protection of their health, safety and economic interests’.
The Children’s Act No.8 of 2001 makes provision for parental responsibility, fostering, adoption, custody, maintenance, guardianship, care and protection of children. This provision extends to protecting children in the cyber space.