The Kenya Film Classification Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, has urged parents/guardians and caregivers to be at the forefront and monitor the kind of content children are consuming on TV’s and the internet.
Speaking during the Annual Scouts Founders’ Day celebrations on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the Baden Powell Park in Nyeri County, where he was among the key guests, the CEO reiterated that it is a collective responsibility to ensure that children are not exposed to harmful film and broadcast content.
Dr. Mutua noted that that the Board is working with Google, Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), EveMinet Communications Solutions Limited among other partners on a digital parenting program aimed at equipping parents with digital skills to monitor content being consumed by children online.
“We appeal to parents/caregivers to monitor the content their children are consuming online, as a Board we are spearheading campaigns aimed at ensuring child online safety,” the CEO noted.
At the same time, Dr. Mutua noted the need to have a national conversation on Kenya’s moral fabric and the breakdown of moral values.
“We need to embrace the culture of decency and champion the masses to embrace moral values and national aspirations. Instilling values to children at an early age is the way to address the moral decay in our society,” Dr. Mutua said.
The Board’s CEO added that as a country, we have done very well on our physical infrastructural hardware but failed on our moral software, noting that the values espoused by the scout’s movement are values that the Board is promoting. He also noted the need for every child in school to join the scouting movement.
Dr. Mutua echoed the scouting movement values such as discipline, hard work, resilience and honesty, which he said are critical and should be embraced by the youth and society as a whole.
The CEO reiterated the Board’s commitment on forging partnerships with public and private institutions as well as County Governments in initiatives that aim at promoting Kenya’s culture, moral values and national aspirations
On his part, the State Department of Youth, Principal Secretary, Julius Korir said that the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs is committed to support the initiatives and programmes being rolled out by the scouts’ movement in a bid to create opportunities for the youth.
“I urge the youth across the country to leverage on the opportunities the Government is offering like the Ajira Digital Programme for youth empowerment and embrace good morals values,” he added.
Speaking at the event, the Nyeri County Governor H.E. Mutahi Kahiga, who was the Chief Guest, applauded the scouts’ movement for championing the principles of hard-work, resilience, togetherness, accountability and integrity.
Also present at the annual event were; the Kenya Scouts Association, National Executive Commissioner, Mr. Moses Danda, Chief Scouts Commissioner Mr. Victor Radido, Nyeri Town MP Hon. Wambugu Ngunjiri among others.