Hurdles for parents in bid to make Internet safer for children

A Sweden fan uses a mobile phone before the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Sweden and Switzerland at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 3, 2018. PHOTO | CHRISTOPHE SIMON | AFP

What you need to know:

  • There is an increased number of Wi-Fi hotspots in Kenya to be found in homes, schools, restaurants, churches and public transport.
  • When children have access to such phones, parents are less able to monitor their children’s activities, introduce filtering or blocking mechanisms, or control the degree of access to the Internet.
  • The numerous online channels that are available for abusers to access children makes it difficult to police illegal behaviours and to protect them.
  • Making friends online has attracted particular attention as a risky behaviour, especially when this leads to offline meetings.

The internet has today become very integral to the lives of Kenyans, who have embraced its potential for communication, entertainment and information.

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