Usiku Games in partnership with the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) launched Cyber Soljas on the 8th of February 2022 as the world marked Safer Internet Day 2022.
Cyber Soljas is a game aimed at teaching children and youth how to recognize online threats. The game gives children skills to stay safe on the internet. It has five levels; cybercrime, identity theft, fake news, catfishing and cyberbullying.
The Kenyan outfit which has positioned itself as a purveyor of fun games under a pillar of using gaming to make the world a better place by contributing to education, financial savings and positive social impact.
The game was designed and built by Kenyans in partnership with educators who ensured the content was educational and age-appropriate.
It targets children aged between 4 to 14 years old and guides them through potential online dangers. It enables them to protect their identities, personal data and recognize sites containing harmful content.
Data by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), shows that 20.6 million Kenyans aged 3 and above own a mobile phone. 44,777 of these are owned by children aged between 3 and 4, 4.5 million by youth aged between 18 and 24 and 6.1 million by youth aged between 25 and 34.
CA noted that technology has made it easier for children to access devices such as smartphones and tablets. Although this has been a good thing when it comes to accessing virtual schooling it has also resulted in an increase in online threats. This has made privacy protections for minors necessary.
According to the Disrupting Harm in Kenya report published in October 2021 children spent 10 hours online per day after the Covid-19 outbreak compared to about 20 minutes per day before the outbreak.