The Internet is constantly changing our lives, from changing the way we do business, communicate, to how we view content and more. The online world offers us almost endless possibilities, and more Kenyans than ever before are exploring the Internet.
By December 2021, there are 65 million mobile subscriptions and 46.3 million data Internet subscriptions, and this number will only increase within the next decade. Further Africa has a research publication focusing on Sub Sahara and southern Africa also cited Kenya as having the highest mobile penetration of any African country (Africa, F., 2021).
The Internet is an incredible tool. It forms an easy and useful way to create and view content, share information, do business and connect with other people and is constantly growing and evolving.
For example, the Global E-Learning Market to Reach $ 457.8 billion in 2026, 2022, which could potentially revolutionize education systems worldwide.
Statistics on social media tell a similar story. Social media users accounted for 48.3% of the global population by 2020 and are expected to increase to 56.7% by 2025 (“Global E-Learning Market to Reach $ 457.8 Billion by 2026”, 2022).
While this poses a bright future for the Internet, it is important to remember that not everyone uses the Internet with good intentions. In the period from October to December 2021 alone, National KE-CIRT / CC detected 129,001,520 cyber threats.
As the Internet and the way we use it continue to evolve with the new technology, it is imperative that the Communications Authority, in our capacity as ICT regulator, continue to work to protect all Kenyan consumers of ICT services . This includes our children.
That’s why we’re fighting for Child Online Protection, an initiative started by The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN’s specialized agency for ICT.
Our efforts also take into account industry providers such as ISPs and telecommunications providers. On top of this, we make useful publications for both parents and children on how to best spend their time online and how to deal with any issues that arise.
The authority’s online protection campaign for children aims to bring together partners from all sectors to create a safe, secure and empowering online experience for children.
This year, we introduced Cyber Soljas, an immersive mobile- and tablet-friendly game that allows Kenyan children to learn more about the vulnerabilities and threats they face every day online.
The game is designed to teach children how to recognize and deal with problems related to;
Cybercrime: Criminal activities carried out using computers and / or the Internet.
Catphishing: Using fake identities to deceive victims online.
Cyberbullying: The use of electronic communications to harass, intimidate and threaten online users.
Fake news: When malicious people present false and misleading information as news, sometimes by pretending to represent legitimate news sources.
Identity theft: When cybercriminals steal a person’s information and use it to commit fraud and other crimes.
You can find out more about our dedication to protecting children by visiting www.ca.go.ke and you can try the brand new Cyber Soljas game on https://play.usiku.games/cybersoljas