According to a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, over a 12-month period the children of 22% of respondents were affected by cyber incidents. These incidents included outbreaks of cyberbullying or encountering sites containing material damaging for youngsters.
While surfing the Internet, children may come across web pages containing inappropriate information, for example, websites with explicit content or information about weapons or drugs.
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IT solutions can help you protect children from such content. Some mobile browsers can automatically block dangerous content. There are also security programs that can not only automatically filter unwanted sites but also inform parents about attempts to visit them.
This information helps parents to find out about any worrying changes in their children’s interests and provide proper information when parents discuss the dangers their children could face online.
— Kaspersky Lab (@kaspersky) May 9, 2014
Another common problem arises when search results don’t lead to the kind of information the user is looking for. For example, a child might search for cartoons but get results about cartoons for adults. In this case, special programs capable of blocking dangerous search results can help.
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Kaspersky Lab offers a number of tools to ensure your children are safe from cyber threats on mobile devices. Among them are the Safe Browsers for iOS and Windows Phone, Kaspersky Internet Security for Android and the specialized Kaspersky Safe Kids security solution for Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS.
— Kaspersky Lab (@kaspersky) April 18, 2015
However, it is important not to limit yourself to technical means alone. You should be aware of new cyber threats and be sure to tell your children them about. Understanding the rules of safe behaviour on the Web and careful attitude to the information that can be shared online will help avoid many unpleasant incidents.