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The risks associated with raising a child in an online world not only cause headaches to parents but also a real concern about the time their children spend in this online world.
As a result, one in three parents limits the time their children spend surfing the Internet in order to protect them from online threats. In addition, there are other ways in which parents can minimize the risk and help their children get all the positive elements the digital world can offer them.
The dependence of the younger generation on internet interactions leads one-third of parents (33%) to worry about the possible addiction of their children on the Internet. This concern is supported by data from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, which found that, according to their parents, one in ten (12%) minors are addicted to the Internet. Along with the concern that their children watch inappropriate or obscene content (36%) and communicate with strangers (32%), children’s inability to distance themselves from the Internet is rapidly becoming a major concern for parents.
With more than half of the parents (51%) feeling that internet threats to their children are increasing, the time they spend on the Internet is an essential factor contributing to protecting children from digital threats. These concerns led 33% of parents to impose restrictions on how much time their children can spend on the Internet.
However, limiting the time children spend on the Internet do not necessarily protect them from the dangers. Over a period of 12 months, 44% of children faced at least one threat, with one in 10 children having access to inappropriate content (12%) or coming into contact with malware and viruses (10%).
Therefore, an alternative option for parents could be to focus on supporting their children in other ways, such as through education. Over a third of parents (37%) speak regularly to their children to teach them about online threats. 31% are trying to supervise their children when they browse the internet, as this process can offer them potential opportunities to spotlight any threats that may arise and increase their educational effort.
Kaspersky Safe Kids is designed to help parents adopt a more effective approach to protecting their children from the dangers they face on the Internet. Through the solution, parents can choose to block children from accessing certain apps and websites, or help children become aware of the dangers to themselves by warning that the sites or apps they are visiting are dangerous and may contain dangerous content. From time limits to monitoring Internet activities, Safe Kids can provide the extra level of care that parents need to fully protect their children from the threats that exist and continue to evolve online.
Editor’s note (The PC-Therapists): The last paragraph should be read as advisory and not for the adoption of the protection solution, which is written on it. Clearly, there are other security solutions to protect minors online
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