Keeping Kids Safe Online This Christmas And Beyond

Odds on, this Christmas millions of children will be getting their first smartphone in their Christmas stocking. It will be a time of excitement for the kids, but a nervous one for parents who will have to set guidelines for use on social media and other interactive ways that their offspring can interact with friends.

A survey carried out by Internet giant Kaspersky shows it is an emotionally tense time settling rules for Internet use.

Kaspersky’s latest survey – conducted by Savanta and polling 8793 parents of children between 7 and 12 years old in 20 countries across the globe – explains their fears, experiences, and tactics when it comes to internet safety for their children. The survey also provides insights into what they consider the most effective ways to avoid and mitigate dangers to children online.

Key findings

The time spent online in the home (excluding time on school-related tasks) is on average only 1:20hrs, shorter than the time spent on designated family time – 6:40hrs on average – according to parents.

  • 6 out of 10 (60%) families have directly experienced or seen an online safety threat incident, with

children seeing harmful content and internet addiction is the most common threats.

  • 50% of parents manually check children devices, such as looking through browsing history, after use.

  • 81% of parents agree they have at least partial responsibility for teaching children about internet


  • However, the majority (58%) of parents have spent less than 30 minutes talking to their children about

internet dangers throughout their kids’ childhood.

The very real dangers facing children online are a considerable concern to 85% of parents worldwide, according to Kaspersky’s latest research into the matter, in turn, provoking a combination of responses, with a mix of manual checks and rules, together with one-on-one conversations playing a part in addressing these concerns.

Nowadays, six out of ten (60%) of parents say they have directly witnessed an online safety threat incident related to their child. That is not surprising considering that over 98% of children will have received their first internet-enabled device before the age of 13, with smartphones and tablet devices being the most popular choices.

So, what are the real dangers? Read the full survey finds here.

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