Last month, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) launched the Child Online Protection (COP) program. The campaign dubbed Be the Cop, was launched in Mombasa on August 4 at the just concluded Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA) Annual Conference.
This Thursday 24th September, CA will be holding a forum on this campaign in association with Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) at the Nailab 4th Flr, Bishop Magua Center along Ngong Road from 5pm – 8pm to engage Kenyan Bloggers and social media influencers on the awareness campaign which highlights the role that parents, guardians and teachers need to play to protect children in cyberspace and at the same time provides avenues of redress should one encounter cyber crime. It is aimed at minimizing if not eradicating the risks of exposing children on various harmful Internet content.
On the panel will be:
- Caroline Murianki- CA, Consumer and Public Affairs
- Vincent Ngundi- CA, Information Technology
- Mercy Chege – Executive Director, Childline Kenya
It will be a great opportunity to engage the CA staff on the campaign as well as discuss the general state of internet crime in Kenya and the need for better laws protecting not just citizens but also children. There is a growing trend of cyber violence in Kenya as well as a general lack of etiquette by Kenyan netizens in sharing images or videos or sexual violations involving women and minors showing early signs of an emergence of pedophilia on the Kenyan internet space.
The Child Online Protection awareness campaign will run for a period of three months in electronic, print, outdoor and online media. This forum is among the on-ground outreach activities and regional consumer forums. Register for the event here.