On 27th of May, we kicked off our #SafeSpace Digital Security training, campus edition at Multimedia University of Kenya, through the faculty of Computing information Technology.
Multimedia was the first university to receive this intensive training, since SKIRTS started this program targeting young people, since they are the ones who fall victim and some as perpetrators of on-line violence. The program is currently running though out the year, sessions are offered at no cost to participants and is suitable for all young people.
We held a whole day training with the aim of creating awareness around cyber-crime vices, what the law says and above all what we can do to ensure that we protect ourselves against harm via the tech, and also on understanding gender parity in tech and how social media works for inclusion of all.
Speaking at the opening of the training, Mr. Kariuki a lecturer at the university said that the training is a very good initiative and it will provide the students with the skills and knowledge on how to protect themselves on the on-line space as they carry on with their activities.
The training attracted students from all the faculties in the institution. In the course of the training, Participants were asked to come up with solutions that could help eradicate on-line violence and harassment.
It was such an exciting activity, as the participants came up with very innovative ideas that can be implemented to bring change to this kind of problem. The ideas ranged from:
- Mobile apps,
- Network security infrastructure and;
- Legislations that should be put in place to to punish the perpetrators of on-line violence.
Speaking on behalf of the University, Mr.Kariuki, welcomed SKIRTS back for more trainings to their students come next semester, as they would love more of their students to be impacted with skills and knowledge on cyber-security at large.