Woburn, MA – November 2, 2016 – Today Kaspersky Lab announced that its latest consumer survey report revealed only 26 percent of participants use parental control software to help restrict their kids’ activity online. Worryingly, among those parents who have not installed parental control features, one in five (21%) believe that it is better for children to learn how to use the Internet safely themselves.
The Consumer Security Risks Survey 2016 uncovered what parents think about the online world and the challenges they face in protecting their family from threats. The research showed that only a third (37%) of parents worry that their children could be exposed to inappropriate or explicit content online. Just 36 percent are wary of their kids communicating with dangerous strangers, and 34 percent worry about them becoming a victim of cyberbullying.
The study also found that not enough parents are taking the required steps to protect their children, with only 38 percent regularly talking to their children about the dangers online and bringing the Internet into family conversation and 27 percent regularly checking the Internet history on the browser. One in five (21%) prefer to become a contact within their kids’ social networks.
Parents need to be more aware of the dangers lurking on the Internet. According to the survey, 41 percent of kids were exposed to online threats in the 12-month period leading up to the research. These threats included being exposed to inappropriate content, cyberbullying, dangerous strangers and more.
“Parents need to be more aware of the dangers their children face online. They need to help their kids become more cyber-savvy and put protection methods in place to keep them safe online, as they would in the physical world,” said Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab. “You wouldn’t let your children cross the road or talk to strangers on their own, so it’s surprising to see almost a quarter of parents leaving their kids to browse the Internet independently. It’s easy to overlook the security threats of the online world when you’re a busy parent but leaving kids to deal with threats without help is unsafe. As the digital world increasingly impacts on all aspects of our lives it is more important than ever to boost knowledge and put safeguards in place,” he added.
Kaspersky Lab offers a range of security solutions that help the whole family safely browse the Internet. With Kaspersky Safe Kids, for example, parents can prevent them from going to inappropriate websites, monitor kids’ locations and manage the amount of time they can use their computers or mobile devices. With parental controls, Kaspersky Lab helps to improve the ability of parents to create new ways for their children to use connected devices and browse the Internet.
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