Play Stations in North Rift Warned Against Exposing Children to Graphic, Violent Content

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), North Rift regional office has put on notice unscrupulous video gaming joints (Play Stations) from exposing children to graphic and violent content or any other offensive content especially now they are at home for the long holiday.

KFCB, in a press release on Monday, 28 March 2022, also cautioned that it is closely monitoring the Play Stations and that any form of violation will be met with the full force of the law including arrest, prosecution, and withdrawal of operating license.

“Our inspection activities are revealing that some parents, guardians or caregivers have abdicated their roles and have turned the joints into daycare centers where they leave the children in the morning and pick them up in the evenings after working hours,” noted Emmanuel Mbutu, the KFCB Regional Manager, North Rift.

Past photo of KFCB Regional Manager, North Rift Emmanuel Mbutu

As a result, some children are slowly becoming addicted due to prolonged exposure and are stealing from their parents to pay for the games resulting in delinquency,” he added.

The board is now calling on the Play Stations operators and more so the parents to be more responsible for their children and guide them appropriately.

It also called on members of the public to be vigilant and report to the authorities any such joints violating the law and the rights of children.

Late last year the Board warned the public over the movie series SQUID GAME over graphic and violent content after eliciting concerns of children emulating some scenes in real-life settings either at home or in school.

A scene on the controversial Squid Game series

In addition, the Board appeals to parents, guardians, and caregivers to remain vigilant and monitor the content children are watching on television, online platforms, or other broadcast channels and guide them appropriately,” Mbutu said, in the press release.

Some of the content that KFCB note children are being exposed to on the various media platform contains; foul language, violence, obscenity, nudity, radicalization, promotion of drugs and substance abuse, propaganda for war, hates speech, and incitement.

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