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Kenya Ups Defenses On Online Child Safety

Edwine Agesa

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Kenya has partnered with a UK tech firm to crack down on peadophiles who display child sexual content online. According to the Business Daily on Friday February 26, UK’s Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) partnered with Kenya to improve children safety online.

IWF will work with Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI)  to nab criminals who may harm children online.

DCI Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit (AHTCPU) head, Mueni Mutisya said anyone who detects the offending content should report in person or make an anonymous call through a hotline enabling DCI to expedite the process of pulling down the unsuitable materials as investigations continue.

“Child online protection is a shared responsibility and once cases of online sexual abuse on children are reported and a link to any website authoring such content is shared, this portal will enable us to expedite the process of pulling down the unsuitable materials before they cause more damage to our children,” she said.

This partnership will help identify such cases fast and through tracking devices get to the criminals in question.

Calls and text messages with offending links would be flagged off by an online portal set up by the two partners. This portal would receive information on online child sexual exploitation.

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