Kenya Film Classification Board has commenced talks with Netflix to form a joint team that will help local classification of content on the Netflix Platform.
This was after the Film regulator announced new measures governing the watching of Squid Game a latest TV series on Netflix.
KFCB has said that the new measures will bar the sharing of sections of series terming them inappropriate for audiences under the age of 18.
“KFCB and Netflix are engaging parents on the parental guidelines that will be set in place to protect children from exposure on content not meant for them,” said Christopher Wambua the CEO of KFCB.
KFCB also revealed that they have engaged Google to pull down sections of the film that have already been circulated on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok.
“The parental training has commenced today” added Wambua.
‘It will be recalled that in 2021, a Kenyan youth is reported to have confessed as having murdered his parents and siblings on account of the influence of a film titled ‘Killing Eve’. Further, in 2017, another popular challenge game dubbed ‘Blue Whale’, allegedly led to suicide among teenagers in various parts of the world including Kenya,’ he further outlines.
The Board now wants parents, caregivers and guardians to be more vigilant and monitor the content their children are consuming on media platforms and guide them appropriately especially now we are approaching December Holidays when losts of children will be expected to be at home for holidays and festivities.
Wambua says KFCB and Netflix will roll out a joint sensitization programme to educate parents, guardians, teachers and caregivers on the available safeguards on the Netflix platform and that is meant to empower parents, teachers, guardians and care givers with information on the available parental control tools on Netflix to safeguard children from accessing age-appropriate content online, including Squd Game.
The Board has since written to Google requesting them to ensure that sections and scenes of the ‘Squid Game’ that have been recreated, distributed and exhibited on ‘YouTube’ are pulled down or made inaccessible to help in ensuring that the content is restricted to adults.
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