By Constance Ndeleko
Children are the most vulnerable group in our society. We need to ensure as a society we keep them safe from any form of abuse either online or offline.
With the Internet superhighway advancing each day, we need to protect and keep our children safe. The Communication Authority in Kenya has put in place measures to ensure that there’s a platform where we/ children can report cases of online abuse that translates to sexual abuse, Hate-Speech, Cyber-Bullying and threats to suicide.
There’re different forms of abuse that a child is vulnerable too and they include:
- Physical abuse.
- Sexual abuse.
- Psychological abuse.
In regards to the above forms of abuse, Online Child Abuse has been on the rise creating a clear picture of the state of vulnerability of our children in our society. There’ve been numerous cases of child abuse that have endangered the lives of children in the online space; however, the major challenge has been how to report these particular cases without risking the vulnerability of the child.
Protecting children in the online space has become a global problem that requires concerted efforts of parents, teachers, guardians, organizations that majorly focus on children to ensure we protect them and secure their future.
In Kenya, the Communication Authority has an ICT regulator with a mandate to protect consumers of ICT services including children. Internet accessibility has become easy in Kenya where children are able to log on and off different gadgets.
As much as technology has brought about enormous change in our lives and that of our children, where they can learn and educate themselves online it also poses a great challenge where it has become a great problem in ensuring total safety.
On the other side, we should also ensure we control the content intake our children consume from the online space by Enhancing child safety programs, monitoring the spaces they visit thorough parental supervision, control applications that are downloaded and protect them from downloading malware.
It is our call as a society to ensure that we keep children and ourselves safe by enhancing security and reporting any vague security risks.
visit: https://www.ke-cirt/index.php/report-an-incident/ to report any form of abuse online.