MANILA – Cybersecurity company Kaspersky has highlighted the need for teenagers and young children, who are now often online, to learn about digital hygiene to protect themselves from cyber threats.
In a statement Monday, Kaspersky noted that 44 percent of children ages 8 to 16 were always online, while 73 percent of teens said they couldn’t “imagine life without a smartphone” and that half of them brought their mobile devices to bed.
Additionally, around 37% of children have faced online dangers, including harassment and exposure to inappropriate content.
A recent study by Kaspersky showed that the top apps for Filipino children were YouTube, TikTok, Messenger, Roblox and Facebook. They also usually spend their time on Chrome browser, Netflix, first-person shooter Call of Duty, and mobile online battle arena game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
“As the world’s most active digital citizens, it’s no surprise that Filipino children are enthusiastic explorers of the digital world themselves,” Sandra Lee, general manager for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky, previously said. .
However, Kaspersky recently warned of phishing scams disguised as popular digital games like Roblox, targeting younger gamers.
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To do this, cybercriminals create fake web pages imitating world-famous games, tricking children into downloading malicious files.
The cybersecurity company suggested, as such, that parents be more attentive to their children’s online habits in order to be able to protect them from digital attacks.
Earlier this month, Kaspersky held a workshop on basic cyber hygiene for educators from 71 public schools in Valenzuela City, in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
“Through this workshop, we will help teachers learn the basics of cyber hygiene and become familiar with Kaspersky’s free tools and resources for teaching online security in the classroom, with the ultimate goal of passing this knowledge on to their students. students so they can navigate the world. digital world in a safe and responsible manner,” said Trishia Octaviano, Head of Academic Affairs for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky.
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