KFCB Northrift Boss Calls on Parents to be Vigilant and Monitor What Their Children are Watching on TV, Social Media and Online Platforms
Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Northrift branch Manager Emmanuel Mbutu has called on parents, caregivers, and other stakeholders to be Vigilant and Monitor What their Children will be watching on television, social media, online platforms, or other broadcast channels and guide them appropriately.
Speaking to the press Mbutu said this will help safeguard children from exposure to harmful film and broadcast content, immoral behaviour and adult experiences especially now they are at home for holiday.
“Some of the content that our children are exposed to on the various media platforms may contain violence, sex, obscenity and nudity, promotion of drugs and other substance abuse, promotion of crime, foul language, radicalization, propaganda for war, hate speech and incitement and may influence children negatively,” said the KFCB Northrift boss while speaking to the press.
He called upon parents, guardians, caregivers, the media, PSVs content creators, distributors, and exhibitors, artists to act responsibly and professionally in safeguarding the welfare of children and prevent corruption of their moral values.
“The Board also puts on notice public service vehicles (psvs) fitted with LCD screens and exhibiting content to their passengers to register with the Board and also refrain from exhibiting explicit musical content to passengers who also includes children,”he added.
Mbutu says according to the Film and Stage plays Act Cap 222 Section 12(1) No person shall exhibit any film at an exhibition to which the public are admitted unless he is registered as an exhibitor and issued with a certificate.
“Any person who contravenes the above law is liable to a fine not exceeding Ksh 100,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 5 years or both. (Section 32).Our officers are also closely monitoring the public service vehicles with LCD screens and any form of violation of the law will lead to legal action being taken against the culprits,” he said.
He cautioned video gaming joints popularly known as play stations from exposing children to graphic and violent content or any other offensive content.
“The Board reiterates that protecting children from exposure to harmful content is a societal responsibility and a collective duty. Our future generation depends on the way we are raising our children and the content we are consuming,” he said.