The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has launched an interactive portal to create a safer online environment for children in partnership with local telecommunications service providers.
The micro-site will provide online safety tips for children and guardians. The launch comes against a backdrop of increased cyber-threats recorded in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has created a new frontier for cyber criminals.
According to the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) statistics for the quarter ending December 2020, the National Computer Incident Response Team Coordination Centre (KE-CIRT/CC) detected more than 56 million cyber threats in the country. The portal has been developed in collaboration with Safaricom, Airtel, Telkom Kenya, Jamii Telecommunication Ltd and the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA).
Mercy Wanjau, Ag. Director General of CA explained how the site had a gaming component that enables both the young and the young at heart to measure their level of awareness on online risks such as cyber bullying, identity theft and online sexual harassment.
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