Parents are concerned about their children’s digital behavior and want to control and monitor it, and for this, 48% turn to the applications of control parental while 51% affirm that their children use digital devices under their own supervision.
Today’s children have access to electronic devices and gain practical experience at a much younger age, as confirmed by a recent Kaspersky survey. However, minors may not know all the necessary rules for safe use of the Internet, since their parents teach them little by little, gradually.
“Because today’s children use smartphones and other ‘gadgets’ since their early childhood, they perceive the digital space as something natural and familiar, similar to taking a walk. And in the same way that since childhood children are taught not to communicate with strangers or not to go to unknown places, the digital space also has its own rules of safe behavior “, says the Communication Director of Kaspersky Iberia, Vanessa gonzalez.
In this sense, when giving a ‘gadget’ to their children, parents want to make sure that they will be safe on the Internet, so most of them make an effort to monitor their activity ‘online’ to guarantee their safety. Most parents want to control the videos children watch (60%), the sites they visit (56%), and the video games they play (52%). In addition, 49% of those surveyed show interest in limiting the time their children spend daily online and using their devices.
To monitor children’s online activity, more than half talk about healthy digital habits (55%), use parental control applications (48%) and another 45% check their browsing history.
Furthermore, 51% of parents affirm that their children use digital devices under their own supervision (42%) or that of a relative (9%). However, almost a quarter of those surveyed (23%) trust their children and do not control them in any way.
According to the results of the survey, parents and the family are the main responsible for regulating the behavior of children in the digital space (87%). However, just over a quarter (28%) believe that teachers and schools should do it, and 27% believe that children should be responsible for themselves.
Along these lines, 90% of parents have discussed ‘online’ behavior norms and digital etiquette with their children. Only a tenth of the respondents do not discuss this issue with their children.
From Kaspersky they have launched the ‘Safe family’ initiative, with which they offer both families and teachers information and tools to protect the little ones. And in the private sphere, they understand that speaking and explaining are key to achieving this.
This is because children may not have knowledge about cyber hygiene and safety ‘online’ in the use of ‘gadgets’, and therefore parents can help by talking about the possible scenarios with their children and setting an example.
Installing a parental control application is a good idea, but if it is done, it is also important to talk about it with minors and explain the reasons so that they understand it. It is also important to talk with the minor about the problem of exposing themselves too much and the importance of the privacy of their data if they are very active in social networks and share a lot of content.
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