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CA launches online game to promote safer cyberspace for children

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has officially launched an online game dubbed ‘Cyber ​​Soldjas’ promote a safer online platform for children.

Speaking at a Nairobi hotel, CA’s director of legal services, Mercy Wanjau, said the online game targets children between the ages of 4 and 14, adding that children in this age group will have a better experience through action and repetition. through games.

“The game aims to guide children through a maze of potential online dangers and to teach them how to protect their identity, their personal data, to recognize sites containing harmful content and finally to develop a critical approach towards information found on the internet,” Wanjau said.

The director added that the game has five levels based on vulnerabilities and risks on the internet, including cybercrime, identity theft, fake news and catfishing.

She noted, however, that increased access to the internet and digital technology also poses significant challenges for children and young people, including their safety.

“The impacts range from privacy threats, cyberbullying, harmful online content, grooming for sexual purposes and exploitation,” Wanjau said.

The online game will complement other previous initiatives such as Child Online Protection (COP) to create a safer cyberspace for children.

The Authority has taken a multi-stakeholder approach to ensure that children and future generations are protected and empowered to thrive in digital environments.

The Director of Women in Technology at Huawei – Kenya, Maureen Mwaniki, said the private sector has an important role to play in ensuring a safer internet.

“We are committed to working with partners in CAK, government and other stakeholders to deliver digital skills at scale,” she added.

Mwaniki noted that Huawei’s device maker also has specific software and hardware for children that ensures they can access the internet safely.

“We also offer digital skills training programs that integrate online safety, for example, the DigiTruck which targets underserved youth in rural communities, teaching online safety every day with other partners,” said said Mwaniki.

The launch comes as the world celebrates Safer Internet Day, which began as an initiative of the European Union’s Secure Borders Project in 2004.