Kenya Youth IGF
Watoto Watch Network was involved in Kenya Youth IGF. We empowered the youth on the safer user of internet.
As part of the Internet Governance Forum Week, Kenyan Chapter, Watoto Watch Network in partnership with Safaricom, Communications Authority of Kenya and Facebook have held the first Youth Internet Governance Forum Kenyan Chapter.
The event was held at Daystar University and was attended by other key sector players, including representatives from Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANET) as well as Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC). The event also attracted students from different schools across Nairobi County including Makini School, Nairobi School, St Marys and Nova Academy.
Among the key issues brought up during the sessions were around child online protection and Cyber security from a Government, ISP and Developers perspective. The event also saw the students engage widely on emerging technology trends in the Kenyan Market as well ICT accessibility and Affordability.
Highlighting some of the measures put in place by CA to ensure Internet safety Mr. Joseph Nzano from the Communications Authority of Kenya said that the Authority had put in place a National Computer Incident Response Team-Coordination Centre (National- KE-CIRT/CC), a center that offers technical advisories on cybersecurity matters to relevant stakeholders nationally and coordinates cyber incident responses I collaboration with relevant actors locally regionally and internationally.
In order to enhance Kenya’s National cybercrime management framework and keep abreast with the evolving technology, Mr Nzano also added that Kenya had deployed national Public Key Infrastructure, which is a system that facilitates the Authority’s licensing of Electronic Certification Service Providers.
Through the system, the regulator is able to create store and distribute digital certificates which are used to verify that a particular public key belongs to a certain key.
Speaking at the same event Facebook’s Akua Gyekye also said that Facebook was putting into place measures to protect its over 2 billion users globally, Seven million of whom are Kenyans from any cyber related crimes.
“We take safety quite seriously at Facebook as we use Facebook to connect, learn and share. We provide a platform for people to create content as we do not create content ourselves therefore safety being quite key. We are trying to make the internet quite safe by enhancing our security measures every day. That is why we introduced the Facebook Privacy Basics some time back,” she said.
She however cautioned that people should take a little more time to check out the Facebook Settings to ensure they know whom and what they are sharing their information with.
This Year’s Kenya Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is scheduled for Thursday July 6, 2017 at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi under the theme “Internet and Elections” ahead of theGeneral Elections slated for August 8, 2017. The outcomes are expected to feed into the Global IGF slated for December 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland under the global theme of “Shape Your Digital Future!.”
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Internet Governance Forum since its inception in 2006. The IGF is a forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance issues, such as the Internet’s sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development. The United Nations Secretary-General formally announced the establishment of the IGF in July 2006 and the first meeting was convened in October/November 2006.
Courtesy of CIO
Date : 7th February 2017
Venue: Statehouse Girls High School
Theme: ‘Be the change- Unite for a better internet’.
Safer Internet Day is a day set aside to highlight positive use of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February with the slogan ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.
In Kenya, Watoto Watch Network organized Safer Internet Day 2017, which was held at Statehouse Girls High School. This year, the celebration brought together children and young people, teachers and various stakeholders. The organizations that took part in this year’s event includes; Communications Authority of Kenya, Facebook, Terres des Hommes Netherlands, Safaricom, Childline Kenya, Cellulant, U-Tena, Lawmark Partners and TESPOK. Schools present included; State House girls, Precious Blood Secondary-Riruta, Nova Academies, Moi Educational Center, Makini School, State House Primary and Ndurarwa Primary.
The event brought together 350 students from various schools, both public and private. The schools present participated in an open competition where they came up with ideas on how to make the internet better for all children and young people in Kenya. The competition ran from January. School children, both from primary and secondary took part in the competition and the winners were awarded during the event. Teachers were not left behind as they were also present and they got a chance to mark the day with the students and the stakeholders present.
The event also showcased talent among the students who had come up with various tech innovations. Nova Academy made a presentation on the ‘Burst a nerve’ innovation project that would make studying among students easy and more interesting. Precious Blood Riruta gave a presentation on the award winning M-safiri application that would transform the transport industry. Moi Educational Centre emerged position one with the best idea on how to make the internet better.
The organizations present played a part in ensuring the success of the event. They highlighted their role in promoting online safety for the children. They also brought merchandizes for the students who took part in the competition as well as all members present for the event.
Watoto Watch Network wishes to thank all who took part in Safer Internet Day 2017, for making the day a success.
The number one issue that young people always bring to our attention every time we interact with them during training sessions is CYBER BULLYING and this is how they define it …
when I post a photo on the net which I believe is my best photo, all well dressed up, awaiting awesome comments and so many likes; it’s never the case; there’s that one or two people who write nasty and heart breaking comments which take my self-esteem to zero.
Another definition they give as cyber bullying is someone (bullies) downloads your awesome photos, alters them by putting humiliating texts on the images and reposting them to the web.
Ten years ago internet in Kenyan schools was almost inexistent, bullying did exist but in different forms like being told to give up all your school shopping by the senior students, being told to wash senior student clothes, being forced to do crazy things like -imagine the floor was a swimming pool, dive into it and swim….good thing this stopped after closing boarding school and going home for holidays.
First forward to this day and time if “any bullying occurs’” in schools the joy of going home and forgetting about it for a couple of hours or holiday weeks is no longer there because bullies have now taken on the internet to continue with the bullying.
Dealing with Cyber Bullying in Kenya has been a losing battle because of lack of a clearly spelled out law against this, the introduction of the Computer and Cyber Crime bill 2016 once passed to a law will come as a relieve to young people who are being bullied online. The bill clearly outlines bullying as a cyber crime which holds a hefty penalty of be a fine not exceeding twenty million shillings or to an imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or to both. Our hope is that this will discourage harassment and negativity on online platforms and encourage awesome online experiences without fear of using online platforms by young people.
Something very unfortunate occurred a couple of days ago a child in primary school came across very terrifying images of one of the parents who had passed on through a tragic accident. The images were splattered online by strangers, people who wanted to be recognized as being the first ones at the scene and witnessing the ordeal first hand. But what has this done to this child who is currently undergoing counselling.
My question is to the people who take these photos, post them and share them on our social network platforms; Do you know once a photo is posted online it will forever be there? do you know how tormenting it can be for family members to access and revisit these photos over and over again throughout the years?
We have talked about this online practice during our programs with the parents, child protection workers and other partners, but now this has to be screamed out loud.
This Kenyan Online Culture is very worrying, when a road accident occurs people rush to the scene to take photos of the grisly incident and immediately start posting them online. For the past two years, it has been increasingly common occurrence.
As a parent / guardian have you ever exposed these photos/videos to your child unknowingly? Children as young as two years of age can navigate through a phone and access the photos. Question is before you give your child your phone to play games, do you remember to scan through the photos and see if they are appropriate? If you use a social network platform you are well aware that some of them automatically save photos on your phone!
So how do we stop this? Is it through policies and laws being put up against the posting of such photos and video’s online or is it just the humanity in us that will break this habit out of respect for the family members and respect for the departed.
We are writing on behalf of the children in Kenya who use ICT technology. Let’s lead by example and not scare them from an enjoyable online experience.
On the 15th of September 2016 Watoto Watch Network brought together children and young people from 9 different schools, between the ages of 13-18 to give their views on the proposed Computer and Cyber Crime Bill 2016.
The aim of the forum was to engage the public (children) in the process of policy formulation as required by the Kenyan constitution. It gave the children a platform to voice their cyber crime related issues being they are very heavy users of the internet. The session was guided by various policy organizations, namely; Watoto Watch Network, Department of Children Services ,Communications Authority, KICTANET, Department of Criminal Investigation – Cyber Crime Unit, Law Society of Kenya, KEPSHA, KSSHA, Strathmore-School of Law, Diplo Foundation, Access Now and Kenya Law Reform Commission.
Some of the topics discussed were cyber bullying, sexting, online grooming, child pornography, online privacy, online gaming and reporting. On all the issues mentioned, cyber bullying received a strong reception by the children in regards to the penalties highlighted in the bill, that is; a fine not exceeding 20 million shillings or imprisonment of a term not exceeding 10 years, or both. Their view on this was that it was too harsh of a sentence. They recommended if minors below the age of 15 could get a less harsh penalty eg. Rehabilitation.
They also mentioned cyber stalking as an issue they are facing every day but they did not understand the clear definition of the crime as highlighted on the bill. i.e. when does liking someone’s photos and commenting nice things on their social network pages become an offence-cyber stalking?
They also requested for security as incidents are being investigated i.e. threats
All the other crimes were also discussed in detail, suggestions and recommendations made by the children were taken into account and forwarded to the relevant government ministry.
Something that came out very clearly in regards to reporting online incidents, 85% of the children were not open to approaching their parents for help if they faced online issues i.e. cyber bullying. Reasons given were; fear of being reprimanded, some felt parents are not conversant with trending social network sites therefore they will not understand what support to give, lastly embarrassment over the crime committed e.g. sexting gone wrong. On the day they learnt on various ways to report and to which government body to report these cybercrimes to.
Issues that had missed out and were seen important by the children were also included i.e. online gaming, where children are asked their personal information before they play a game; what is the information gathered used for?
This was a great learning session for both the children and policy makers that were in attendance. Children’s forums like this one will be ongoing as we move forward in ensuring the safety of children online.
Watoto Watch Network conducted a successful Child Online Protection training exhibition in Meru on the 27 th and 28 th of April. A large turnout of young people and parents came to learn more on how to increase their children’s safety online, they also learnt safety tips and tools on how to keep themselves and their children safe. All this took place at The Meru Technical Institute. The Governor of Meru County; Honorable Peter Munya also graced the stand and was able to hear more about Child Online Protection from the Executive Director Ms, Lillian Kariuki.