What are your kids up to?

Tech­nol­ogy can pro­tect your child against all In­ter­net threats

Weekend Witness - - News -

CHIL­DREN love the In­ter­net — but some­times that can come at a price. And of­ten it’s Mom and Dad who end up foot­ing the bill for their kids’ online blun­ders. Al­most one in five par­ents has lost ei­ther money or im­por­tant per­sonal data due to their child’s un­mon­i­tored com­puter use, ac­cord­ing to a 2013 sur­vey car­ried out by B2B In­ter­na­tional and Kasper­sky Lab.

What ex­actly are your chil­dren up to? The ques­tion is more press­ing than ever in this age of wide­spread In­ter­net ac­cess via com­put­ers, smart­phones and tab­ lets. Online there are no bor­ders or bound­aries: if you can use a com­puter you can reach all kinds of sites — and chil­dren are of­ten at least as tech­savvy as their par­ents. How­ever, not ev­ery­thing online is suit­able for young­sters, and while the In­ter­net is a valu­able tool, it is also home to some alarm­ing threats.

The re­cent B2B/Kasper­sky Lab sur­vey found that glob­ally about 27% of par­ents feared their chil­dren had been at risk on the In­ter­net at least once over the past 12 months. About 11% of that sur­vey re­ported that chil­dren had faced in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent and seven per­cent of re­spon­dents had ev­i­dence that their off­spring had con­tacts with strangers.

About 10% of re­spon­dents re­ported that their chil­dren had ac­ci­den­tally re­moved im­por­tant data from their PCs and five per­cent of chil­dren had in­ad­ver­tently shared this data with oth­ers. Sim­i­lar num­bers ad­mit­ted they had been stung by an un­ex­pected bill for online pur­chases af­ter chil­dren got ac­cess to their par­ents’ ac­counts in App stores. In to­tal, 18% of fam­i­lies re­ported fi­nan­cial costs or lost data due to their chil­dren.

Par­ents are usu­ally busy at work or at home, so they can hardly keep track of ev­ery­thing that their child is do­ing on the In­ter­net. How­ever, any par­ent can del­e­gate this task to re­li­able tech­nol­ogy that will pro­tect the child against all In­ter­net threats.

Ex­perts strongly ad­vise that par­ents mon­i­tor their chil­dren’s In­ter­net us­age.

There are a range of ap­pli­ca­tions avail­able to pro­tect young chil­dren from ac­cess­ing ex­plicit in­for­ma­tion or con­tent on the In­ter­net.

Parental Con­trol, in­cor­po­rated in Kasper­sky In­ter­net Se­cu­rity for Win­dows and Kasper­sky In­ter­net Se­cu­rity for Mac, in­cludes the nec­es­sary tech­nolo­gies.

Kasper­sky In­ter­net Se­cu­rity and Kasper­sky In­ter­net Se­cu­rity for Mac are also avail­able as part of Kasper­sky In­ter­net Se­cu­rity — Multi­De­vice, a com­pre­hen­sive se­cu­rity so­lu­tion de­vel­oped to pro­tect de­vices work­ing on dif­fer­ent op­er­at­ing sys­tems — Win­dows, OS X and An­droid.

Al­ter­na­tively, a Google search for parental con­trols will yield re­sults of var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tions, some of which are free. The same can be done for An­droid, iOS and other op­er­at­ing sys­tems.

— Wit­ness Reporter.

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