A child is defined in Article 260 of the Kenyan constitution, as ‘an individual who has not attained the age of eighteen years’. As contained in the same article, child pornography is defined as ‘any visual depiction involving the use of a minor, or one appearing to be a minor, engaging in a sexually explicit conduct’.
By visual depictions, the Article meant ‘photographs, film, video, pictures or computer-generated images or pictures, whether made or produced by electronic, mechanical, or other means’.
Based on the speech dished out by the Secretary-General of the National Parents Association, Musau Ndunda, a lot is going wrong among young school children. Ndunda really spoke out against the immorality going on in the elementary schools involving school children which the bitter aspect is the fact their parents are hardly aware of it all.
He made the speech at a press conference in his office with Jogoo house, where he advised the government to heighten children’s’ act to deal with male students who make their fellow female students pregnant.
Ndunda went further to say that all it takes is just one push of a button or a very small part of the ‘lunch money’ and your child in elementary school will comfortably be watching adult content on mobile phones, in cyber cafes, on a laptop or a DVD player. He said that school children not only watch hardcore pornography, but they are also trying out the different ‘approach’ they find out in pornographic movies.
This should pose a huge worry to parents as it comes after the disclosure in The Standard (February 18), that one teenager is infected with HIV every two minutes and that nearly a third of new HIV infections in Kenya occur among teenagers.
According to Ndunda, “We fought pornographic magazines sometime back but our children are now accessing hardcore adult content easily through the Internet at home, in cyber cafes and on mobile phones. The problem is so rampant that some students in secondary schools have ‘specialized’ in lesbian and gay pornographic videos”.
After Ndunda’s claims, two head-teachers who had granted the Nairobian interviews replied them the next day saying that they had been advised by their seniors not to talk about it since it would ruin the image of their schools in the city. But on the contrary, you will agree with me that this a very sensitive issue that needs to be addressed.
Do You Know That Your Kid May Be Watching Pornography Rather Than Studying At Night?
Generally, pornography is now hooking people up and children are not new to this act. Of course, pornography is very attainable now, which has resulted in children being addicted to pornography. If only they know that pornography addiction is a serious problem.
Musau Ndunda also made it known that the problem is recently becoming enormous so much so that students who are addicted to porn turn out to be extremely gullible to masturbation both at school and at home or involve in sex with numerous partners’ without their parents noticing.
He mentioned that kids who have their own rooms at home will bask with ease while watching blue movies often because their parents will take it that they are busy reading.
In his words: “We have visited many schools in and outside Nairobi and the script is the same. When we win their trust they confess that they engage in orgies after watching pornographic videos sneaked into school. They masturbate, perform oral sex and engage in homosexuality,” Ndunda disclosed, adding that “in some cases, the schools and parents are in the dark but in other instances, the school management is aware but fears that taking action would ‘spoil’ the name of the school. They are forced to bear with it or expel the kids over unrelated allegations.”
Kenyan Primary Schools Head Teachers Association Chairman, Joseph Karuga added that city school children who use matatus every day are open to lurid contents and some who have affairs with matatu groups access blue films and then go ahead to share them with schoolmates and friends.
Ann Wamathai, a Kenyatta University psychology student who is writing a PhD thesis on ‘Pornography viewing and aggressive sexual behaviour’ detects that most teenagers get involved in pornography between the ages of 13-18 years.
What do we call this latest revelation? To me, I would dub child pornography the second arm of prostitution.
Possible Ways to repress Child Pornography in Kenya
- Setting up internet-based institutions that would help in fighting child pornography by clamping down the flow of lewd images, videos, pictures, films, and photographs. Since the internet is the main channel of circulating pornographic items, it would be ideal for the Kenyan government to also institute a body of internet experts to hunt down paedophiles.
- Stiffing punishments for offenders/paedophiles: In Kenya, the minimum sentence for contravening Section 16 of the Sexual Offences Act is six years. This jail term is too lenient and could possibly be one of the reasons paedophiles keep preying on innocent children. The case of Terry Ray Krieger, a paraplegic US paedophile whose jail term was increased to 50 years by the Kenyan government for abusing children and circulating their images on Yahoo Chat, Skype, and GigaTribe between December 7, 2013 and May 18, 2014, should serve as a deterrent to other paedophiles roaming about in Kenya. But this can happen when stiffer punishments are enacted.
- Parents and Guardians must be made to take proper care of their children and laws on child care management must be enacted so that parents and guardians would be forced to face the wrath of law when they fail to carry out their responsibilities.
- Regular background checks must be carried out by the government on people who are in close contact with children.
In Kenya, every child has the right to live with and be cared for by his/her parents. Nevertheless, the law frowns at child exploitation in any form and any act that is likely to harm the physical, mental, spiritual, moral, and social growth of any child.
While the advent of the internet takes a larger blame for the rate of circulation of child pornography online, parents and guardians are not left out, as we earlier mentioned. Most parents’ laissez-faire attitude to their children’s lifestyle has not been helpful, especially in the case of an only child who has virtually everything at his/her beck and call.
Training of children must not be left for the teachers alone in school. Always find out what your child read behind a closed door, who his friends are, what they discuss often, what he does with his phone each time he’s alone in his room, why he wants you to leave his room and all that. Be observant! He could be hooked up with child pornography in that small room.
Truth is, pornography does not only harm our children, it also impacts on very many aspects of their lives and encourages disturbing behavioural lifestyles. You don’t want to raise a delinquent.
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