Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, MBS, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), presided over the launch of Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE) research in Kenya held at Laico Hotel, Nairobi on April 12th, 2018.
The research carried out by Terre des Hommes, a Non Governmental Organization from Netherlands and Jordy Crane Publicity, shows OCSE as a threat in Kenya as it puts many children at the risk of significant emotional and physical harm.
Speaking during the launch dubbed ‘The Dark Side of the Internet in Kenya’, Dr. Mutua said the survey sought the collaboration and synergies of institutions in public and private sectors in championing child online protection.
“The Kenya Film Classification Board is honored and delighted to work with other institutions to ensure that the bad guys do not impair or distort the moral perspectives of our children. The worst form of exploitation of children is misinformation and we must all work together to keep our children safe from misleading information”, said Dr. Mutua.
The CEO further added that pedophiles were on the prowl, using the internet to bully, radicalize and mislead children. He urged the government, parents and the private sector to work together to prevent children from cyber bullying and premature sexual indulgence.“Technology is a double edged sword and We must have the voices of children in the campaigns on child online safety. The best way to protect children from online sexual harassment, radicalization and consumption of inappropriate content is to empower them with information and make them part of the conversation”, stated Dr. Mutua.
Also in attendance were Deputy Director, Children’s Services Charles Ondogo, Terre des Hommes Country Manager Angela Nyamu among other government and private sector representatives.