Parents Urged to Take Lead Role in Protecting Minors from Inappropriate Content
Parents have been urged to keenly monitor the audio-visual content that their children access on social media networks, broadcast channels and other platforms, and guide them appropriately.
While addressing parents and other participants, during a Parents Digital Literacy (PaDiL) sensitization forum, held at St. Joseph Parish (Tudor), Mombasa, on Sunday, 10th September 2023, the Kenya Film Classification Board's Chairman, Mr. John Njogu Njoroge, HSC, emphasised the KFCB's commitment to protecting minors from exposure to inappropriate audio-visual content.
He called upon parents and members of the public to be proactive and complement the Government’s role in ensuring that children consume appropriate audio-visual content.
While appreciating that the internet has become an integral part of life, with a lot of opportunities and benefits, the Board’s Ag. CEO, Mr Joel Wamalwa, said that the internet has also created new risks and challenges, particularly for minors.
"As the Board mandated by law to examine audio-visual content for age-appropriateness, we commit to continue forging strategic partnerships with all stakeholders, including religious organizations, to ensure that we create safe spaces for children, especially on the internet," he said.
Mr.Wamalwa said that the key objective of the PaDIL program is to enhance the capacity of parents to enable them to guide children on responsible consumption of audio-visual content.
PaDIL is also tailored to create awareness on the effects of media content and emerging technologies on children.
Protecting children from exposure to inappropriate content is a collective responsibility.