Parents were Advised to keep a closer eye on Children’s Online Activity

During our media table meeting last June 6, 2019 at Trufa Bar in Makati. I learned about this possible Safe Kids IT solution to the recent Momo suicide or Ateneo bully kid scandal undesirable traits can be prevented or cured.  As I observed from Government DICT speaker, Psych Doctor and Several IT experts that talks about it.

With the use of this Safe Kids products, you can actually monitor or limit your kids access to social media. You can actually do this to a kid as early as 3 years old. So you can manage your family and kids windows digital lifestyle.  Dr Randy told us that internet is a dangerous  place for hackers to get files. Sexually explicit content and even cyber extortion.

Addiction in social media is same with gambling problems.  Children don’t know if the one that they browse or seen online were real or fake. Entertainment nowadays is so easy to access that even terrorists violent beheading and accident can easily be viewed in social media. Some can be use as fun or interesting subjects with the use of different emotions icon or emoji guide.

Some children’s were sexually abused by being exposed to materials that bothers its pre occupied mind.  Some of these gadgets exposure leads to obesity and games seizure. Even online relationship with fake identity. Some because so addicted in gadget even in assignments in school posted via social media chat.

Which takes away time from family, church or even at family food table.  DICT officer Jen told us about the Child online protection act or the RA 9775 that blocks ISP from sexual exploitation.  Said that Digital Parent Program is the cheapest nanny for your kids.

Because Ipads and Smartphones can lead to eyesight issue or health problem. Even though you want your kids to calm down by giving then gadget. Which is actually not safe at all. MRI scan image of the brain scan shows that social media addiction is quite similar to heroin addiction.  Interpol, FBI in collaboration with DICT and government is acting on this Child Protection issues.

Kaspersky advised Pinoy parents to keep a closer look to child’s online activity. From the latest data cyber-tech company confirmed  that 82.46% of web treats from Jan-Dec 2018 have attempted to attack home users in the Philippines.

Also recorded 230% increase in annual web based infections from 31.89m  in 2018 compare to 9.49m in 2017. These wed threats we blocked by Kaspersky products. When users access wed or download any file. Around 33.39% of country’s population belong to 0-14 age group and 19.16% were comprise of 15-25 age bracket according to IndexMundi.

Filipino children usually do to their computer or mobile device were

1. software, audio and video – 42.04%

2. internet communication sites (social networks, messengers, chats, and online forums) – 29.17%%

3. e-commerce (online stores) – 16.04%

4. news – 4.76%

5. computer games – 3.76%

Data from May 2018 to May 2019  report confirms that kids are now fast moving towards towards the use of mobile devices.

“The younger set is undeniably the most connected of all age groups today. Some even have their digital presence laid down long before they are even born — the consequence of our inherent nature of sharing that has crossed over to the internet world.

And when these kids get older, they exhibit curiosity, another primitive instinct, but which they do online albeit carelessly. Just as the internet has been used to empower individuals, communities and nations, so too can it be used to destroy reputations, steal identities and hurt the vulnerable, particularly our children,” said Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Kaspersky Southeast Asia.

“When it comes to kids’ online safety though, we recommend that parents should step in so that the balance is tipped for good. By staying in constant contact with them plus getting a little help from advanced security solutions, parents can continue to harness the positive benefits of the internet and keep their children safe from online dangers simultaneously,” he said.

In the Philippines, mobile broadband is becoming more affordable than fixed broadband and it’s one of the countries where Facebook offers its Free Basics service which allows users to get free access or what Filipinos refer to as “free data”. This enables anyone in the country with an internet-ready mobile phone to access the web instantly and without limits. Recent figures show Filipinos surf the net from two to 10 hours daily.

“As a cyber security professional and soon-to-be-dad myself, the online security of my child is surely going to be one of my foremost concerns. We’re lucky that, as modern-day parents, we’re now presented with an array of tools to safeguard our children from online threats so parenting becomes easier.

We don’t need to protect them the old-fashioned way anymore! Kaspersky Safe Kids is one solution that empowers parents to be fully aware of their kids’ online activities without the need to check their devices frequently and still respecting the children’s privacy,” said Eunice Quilantang, Pre-Sales Manager for Kaspersky Southeast Asia.

Kaspersky Safe Kids is a feature in Kaspersky Total Security (KTS). With this module, parents can now:

  1. Manage the child’s screen time

  2. View the child’s location using a GPS tracker with a real-time online map

  3. Know the child’s device battery level so they can be warned to recharge the device

  4. Monitor their public Facebook activity

  5. Block access to adult websites and content for most platforms

Kaspersky Total Security is available online at at P2,764 (1 device for 1 year), P3,801 (1 device for 2 years) and P3,455 (3 devices for 1 year).  KTS can also be purchased from the on-demand subscription service through telco company Smart where a single license costs P30 for 7days (Text KTS30 to 8933) and P120 for 30 days (Text KTS120 to 8933).

Below are top tips from experts at Kaspersky for parents to help internet-proof children:

1. Have the talk regularly. Be involved in children’s online activities from an early age so this is the established norm. Encourage communication so you can both learn from each other and to help build mutual trust.

2. Set boundaries. Ensure that children know what is acceptable and what is not. Also make them aware of the consequences of going somewhere that they shouldn’t or using tech when they shouldn’t be. This should be reviewed as child gets older.

3. Use available resources.  Understand that there’s a lot of help as you raise digital children. Use the resources provided by some companies or organizations such as parental control software as well as tips and techniques to better manage kids who use digital devices.

Also remember that not everyone has the same parenting style and that is OK — pick and choose what is right for you and your family. If a situation ever seems like it is going out of control, especially with cyber bullying or pedophiles, remember that you can get help from the local law enforcement agency.

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Data Source: Kaspersky Press

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