Communications Authority of Kenya uses the 2023 Kenya National Music Festival to create awareness on child online protection and safety

Access to the internet could expose children to risk unless they are empowered with information to protect themselves, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has said.  

Speaking at the ongoing Kenya Film Festival in Nyeri, CA Director General Ezra Chiloba noted as much as the internet is a gateway to limitless opportunities, child online safety was key in ensuring children harness the benefits of the net.

“Consumers are a critical stakeholder, especially children and youth, as they are early adopters of ICT goods and services. In order to promote productive use of the Internet and create a safer internet experience for children and youth, there is need for continued multi-stakeholder collaboration,” he added.  

CA is the thematic sponsor of “Child Online Protection and Safety” for the fifth year running, with a specific focus on “Promoting Safe Use of the Internet, Promoting Appropriate Online Behaviour, Avoiding Online Vices, and Protecting Your Online Identity and Reputation.”

“Our continued support to the Kenya National Music Festival is one of the means by which CA creates awareness on this very important matter. This platform enabled us achieve this mutual objective while encouraging children and the youth to showcase their talents through music and dance,” said Mr. Chiloba.

CA’s partnership with the Ministry of Education is in recognition of the need to educate and sensitize the public on emerging issues through music for early-age and narratives, thus raising awareness on topical pertinent issues among Kenyans such as Child Online Protection.

Over the years, the festival has emerged as an effective medium of inculcating positive values amongst children and youth.