BE THE COP Campaign – Resource for child online safety

Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) has a child online protection (COP) campaign dubbed ‘Be the Cop’. This is a localized initiative based on The International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Child Online Protection initiative which has global guidelines for children; parents, guardians and educators; industry and policy makers.

The campaign which was launched in August 2015, seeks to protect children from vulnerabilities that they are faced with online. Be the Cop aims to raise awareness of the types of crime that children are exposed to in cyberspace through highlighting the role that parents, guardians and teachers need to play to protect children in cyberspace. The campaign also seeks to provide avenues of redress should one encounter this type of crime.

The Authority as the ICT regulator is mandated to protect consumers of ICT services including children. Children are a vulnerable group and there have been many cases of children unknowingly getting into dangerous situations that sometimes have detrimental effects to them. Protecting children online is a global problem that requires concerted efforts of parents, guardians, government, organisations that focus on children, among others.

The Children’s Act No.8 of 2001 makes provision for parental responsibility, fostering, adoption, custody, maintenance, guardianship, care and protection of children. This provision extends to protecting children in the cyber space.
Click here to download a copy of the booklet titled “A Guide to Online Protection”.