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Safeguarding Refugee Youths in Kenya: Addressing Online Safety and Security Challenges

Tactical Tech and Resilience Action Internation at Kakuma Refugee Camp
The GlassRoom exhibition at RAI center on Misinformation with young adults in high school

In today's digital age, ensuring the safety and security of refugee youths in Kenya has become paramount. This article explores the various risks they face, including cyberbullying, misinformation, deepfakes, scams, sexual exploitation, and the dangers associated with being a social media influencer. Additionally, we will delve into the initiatives conducted by Resilience Action International in partnership with Tactical Tech to promote online safety and awareness among refugee youths.

Cyberbullying, an online safety concern

Refugee youths are vulnerable to cyberbullying and peer-to-peer abuse due to their exposure to online platforms. These malicious acts can lead to severe emotional distress, affecting their mental well-being and social integration. To combat this issue, organizations like Resilience Action International and Tactical Tech have developed educational programs and awareness campaigns. These initiatives aim to empower youths by teaching them about online etiquette, reporting mechanisms, and seeking support from trusted adults or organizations.

Misinformation and DeepFakes

The dissemination of misinformation and the proliferation of deepfakes in Kenya pose significant challenges for refugee youths. False information can exacerbate social tensions and hinder their integration process. Recognizing this, Resilience Action International, in collaboration with Tactical Tech, has implemented the Glassroom Exhibit on misinformation and online safety. This interactive initiative aims to foster critical thinking skills among youths, encouraging them to question information, verify sources, and engage in responsible online behavior.

Scams and Online Exploitations

Refugee youths in Kenya are particularly vulnerable to online scams and sexual exploitation. They may encounter fraudulent schemes offering false promises of financial assistance or become victims of sexual predators operating on various online platforms. To address this issue, Resilience Action International and Tactical Tech conduct targeted awareness campaigns. These initiatives aim to educate refugee youths about identifying and reporting scams, recognizing signs of grooming and exploitation, and equipping them with the necessary skills to navigate the digital landscape safely.

Risks Associated with Social Media Influencers

Being a social media influencer can expose refugee youths to additional risks. As they strive to gain popularity and followers, they may become targets for cyberbullying, online harassment, or scams disguised as collaboration opportunities. Resilience Action International, in partnership with Tactical Tech, educates youths on responsible social media use, personal branding, and the importance of privacy settings. By promoting self-awareness and resilience, these initiatives aim to empower refugee youths to leverage social media positively while mitigating potential risks.

Digital safety and security are crucial for refugee youths in Kenya. Through the collaborative efforts of Resilience Action International and Tactical Tech, innovative projects such as the Glassroom Exhibit on misinformation and online safety, as well as the Data Detox Kit, have sparked engagement and awareness. By equipping refugee youths with the knowledge and skills to navigate the digital world safely, these initiatives promote their well-being, empowerment, and integration into society.


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