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Kaspersky uncovers 44% of children ‘hide risky online behaviour from parents’

Kaspersky uncovers 44% of children ‘hide risky online behaviour from parents’
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A new survey by Kaspersky Lab uncovers that about half of children (44%) conceal potentially-dangerous side of their online life from parents, a percentage that rises to 57 percent in the United States.

Kaspersky Lab, in its study, titled “Growing Up Online: What Kids Conceal” also reveals that in addition, while these children are hiding their online activities, 70 percent of parents are unaware that their children even have a reason to do so, the technology security company, Kaspersky revealed.

According to the study, connected devices and the Internet have become an embedded part of life for young people, with 51 percent of American children admitting to being online almost constantly. Many of these connected children are not telling their parents what websites they are visit, games they are play or content they are download.

An Internet user seen browsing the Internet on a mobile phone
An Internet user seen browsing the Internet on a mobile phone

The technology security company discovered that children are not only keeping quiet about online behaviour, but also about their efforts to bypass parental monitoring. For example, many use passwords on their devices that their parents do not know, they go online when adults are away or they consistently delete their browser history. In addition, one in five (22%) children uses anonymiser tools, and one in seven (14%) uses special programs that hide the apps they use.[quote font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”right” bgcolor=”#” color=”#” bcolor=”#” arrow=”yes”]The technology security company discovered that children are not only keeping quiet about online behaviour, but also about their efforts to bypass parental monitoring. For example, many use passwords on their devices that their parents do not know, they go online when adults are away or they consistently delete their browser history. In addition, one in five (22%) children uses anonymiser tools, and one in seven (14%) uses special programs that hide the apps they use.[/quote]

The study also revealed that despite two-third of parents being unaware that their kids might be hiding something from them, children are open to the opportunity to talk about safety and dangers online. Seventy-five percent of young people surveyed say they would welcome more conversation with their parents about the dangers they might encounter online. Additionally, they indicated they would feel safer if their parents provided guidance on the apps and websites that were OK to use and restricted access to those that were not.

“Parent education plays a major role in protecting children online. If children think their parents are able to calmly discuss the issues they encounter, they are much more likely to confide in them. Recent research from the European Commission shows that it is often children themselves who ask for parental controls to protect their younger siblings”, Janice Richardson, Senior Advisor at European Schoolnet says.

“Kids today are always connected and because their activities are often shielded from parents, it can make a parent feel powerless to understand what’s happening while kids are online,” Brett Schetzsle, consumer security specialist, Kaspersky Lab adds. “There are steps parents can take to develop an interactive relationship with their child to determine what is appropriate for their digital lives, such as using parental controls. By incorporating these tools with other practical measures, such as keeping computers in family areas, limiting kids screen time and talking to children about what cyber threats actually are, we can help keep children safe online.”

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