With the aim of generating more awareness around cyberbullying and supporting the youth dealing with cyberbullying this Youth Day, Kaspersky Lab has shared some interesting research about the online activity of children. They’ve included some tips on protecting your child online and there’s an opportunity to win one of two Kaspersky Total Security.
Kaspersky Lab’s latest report on the online activities of children – based on statistics received from its solutions and modules with child protection features – highlights children’s online activities and the importance of protecting them when online. For example, video content globally, comprised 17% of searches over the last months. Although many videos watched as a result of these searches may be harmless, it is still possible for children to accidentally end up watching videos that contain inappropriate content.
The report shows anonymised statistics from Kaspersky Lab’s flagship consumer solutions for Windows PCs and Macs that have the Parental Control module switched on and from Kaspersky Safe Kids, a standalone service for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices.
For example, the report presents search results on the ten most-popular languages* for the last six months. The data shows that the video and audio category – including requests related to any video content, streaming services, video bloggers, series and movies – are the most regularly ‘googled’ by children (17% of the total requests). The second and third places go to translation (14%) and communication (10%) websites respectively. Interestingly, games websites sit in fourth place, generating only 9% of the total search requests.
We can also see a clear language difference for search requests: for example, video and music websites are typically searched for in English, which can be explained by the fact that the majority of movies, TV series and musical groups have English names. Spanish-speaking kids carry out more requests for translation sites, while communication services are mostly searched for in Russian.
More than any other nationality, Chinese-speaking children look for education services, while French-speaking kids are more interested in sport and games websites. In turn, German-speaking requests dominate in the “shopping” category. The leading number of search requests for porn are in Arabic, and for anime are in Japanese.
“Kids in different countries have different interests and online behaviors, but what links them all is their need to be protected online from potentially harmful content. Children looking for animated content could accidentally open a porn video. Or they could start searching for innocent videos and unintentionally end up on websites containing violent content, both of which could have a long-term impact on their impressionable and vulnerable minds,” says Anna Larkina, Web-content Analysis Expert at Kaspersky Lab.
As well as analysing searches, the report also looks into which websites children visit or attempt to visit that contain potentially harmful content which falls under one of the 14 preset categories** for the last 12 months. The data shows that communication sites (such as social media, messengers, or emails) were the most popular pages visited by computers with parental controls switched on – with users in South Africa visiting these sites in 69% of cases over the previous 12 months. However, the percentage for this category is dropping every year as mobile devices continue to play a bigger role in children’s online activities.
The second most popular category of websites visited in South Africa by these users is “software, audio, and video. In South Africa, this category accounted for 17%. Websites with this content have become significantly more popular since last year, when it was only the fifth most popular category globally at 6%. The top four is rounded off with electronic commerce (4.2%) and alcohol, tobacco, and websites about narcotics (3.9%), which is a new addition compared to this time last year.
The mobile trend is again highlighted in the figures for computer games, which are now in fifth place locally on the list at 3%. As kids continue to show a preference for mobile games rather than computer games, this category will only continue to decrease in popularity on computers over the coming months and years.
“No matter what they are doing online, it is important for parents not to leave their children’s digital activities unattended, because there’s a big difference between care and obtrusiveness. While it is important to trust your children and educate them about how to behave safely online, even your good advice cannot protect them from something unexpectedly showing up on the screen. That’s why advanced security solutions are key to ensuring children have positive online experiences, rather than harmful ones,” adds Anna Larkina.The Kaspersky Total Security and Kaspersky Internet Security consumer solutions include a Parental Control module to help adults protect their children against online threats and block sites or apps containing inappropriate content. In turn, the Kaspersky Safe Kids solution allows parents to monitor what their children do, see or search for online across all devices, including mobile devices, and offers useful advice on how to help children behave safely online.
Do you find yourself worrying about how safe your kids are online and if you are doing enough to protect them? As children become more engaged in the online world with the evolution of technology, they could potentially face numerous threats – including cyberbullying. The question every parent asks is, ‘how do I protect my children on the internet?’ And, as society is rapidly connecting online more, the prospective threats become even more daunting for parents.
Youth Day provides the perfect opportunity to raise awareness around the online dangers our children can be exposed to, and how we can go about ensuring they are protected. While parenting can be stressful, online protection shouldn’t be!
Kaspersky Lab provide the below tips for parents and are also offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 Kaspersky Total Security products – that can be used to help keep the devices your children use to connect online, protected.
Protecting children online – Kaspersky Lab tips:
Talk to children about the potential dangers that they may face online while using the internet – and the need for internet safety.
Encourage children to talk to you about anything they may experience online that upsets them, or that makes them feel uncomfortable – and talk to them openly about cyberbullying.
Start to apply parental controls/boundaries for a child’s first gadget/device, to protect them from coming across any harmful websites.
Just as you would teach children to not talk to a stranger in real life, teach them to not talk to strangers online. Tell them that strangers can use the online world to connect with them and lure them into harmful situations.
Make it a rule with children to not share personal information online – such as phone number(s), school information, or a home address.
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Entries close on 22nd June 2018. Winners will be notified in person.
* These languages in Kaspersky Safe Kids are: English, German, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish. Search engines include different categorisations, covering: Pornography, eroticism; Abortion; Religious movements and sects; Weapons; Drugs; Alcohol; Tobacco; Violence; Extremism, racism; Self-harm, suicide and Gambling.
** The 14 categories of websites that can be blocked by the Parental Control module in Kaspersky Lab’s solutions are: Adult content; Alcohol, tobacco, narcotics; Computer games; E-commerce; Explicit language; Gambling, lotteries, sweepstakes; HTTP query redirection; Internet communication media; Job searches; News media; Religions, religious associations; Software, audio, video; Violence and Weapons, explosives, pyrotechnic.