Kaspersky Lab’s latest Parental Control report reveals children’s online activities in Kenya
Kaspersky Lab has revealed the online activities of children across Kenya, based on statistics from the company’s Parental Control modules. The research has revealed what children in the region watched, listened to, purchased and searched for online.
The report shows anonymised statistics on websites visited from Windows PCs and Macs, and search activity on Windows PCs, Macs, Android and iOS devices. The stats were taken from Kaspersky Lab’s flagship products that have the Parental Control module switched on, and from Kaspersky Safe Kids, a standalone service installed for kids’ online protection.
Globally, children were more likely to watch video content and listen to music, than spend time on social media, however this was not true for children in Kenya, who were most active across internet communication media (referred to as social media/networks) in the region at 48%. The most popular of these being Google Hangouts, Google Mail, Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter. This was then followed by video content and music at 29%. The research revealed that children spent more time on YouTube and public.radio.co as well as increased interest in Netflix for movies and series.
Online games were also popular at 10% and while children around the globe showed a preference for Fortnite, which has overtaken PUBG as the most popular game, children in Kenya showed preference towards Roblox.com. gamepix.com and games.my.com.
Children in the region also began to visit news sites more frequently, including The Daily Mail and The Nation accounting for 5% of activities. Electronic commerce was slightly lower compared to other regions: 2% of children showed their interest in exploring online stores with Amazon and Kilimall coming up at top preference.
It should be noted that alongside electronic commerce and news media, just over 1% of children in Kenya also searched for adult-content web-sites. However, if their parents had blocked such sites (for example with a Kaspersky Lab product), then the children’s attempts to visit these sites were unsuccessful.
“The statistics we have obtained indicate the interests of children and teens in the region today. This is why we recommend using parental control products not only to block potentially dangerous content, but also to help parents stay informed about their children’s interests and passions. Many software programs, including those from Kaspersky Lab, allow parents to see reports about their children’s online activities. Naturally, reports like this do not disclose any private information. In our opinion, the parents’ knowledge of what their children do online should promote better family relationships, helping to encourage open dialogue and preventing more serious threats to children in the region,” Riaan Badenhorst, General Manager for Kaspersky Lab Africa.
The Kaspersky Total Security and Kaspersky Internet Security consumer solutions include a Parental Control module to help adults protect their children against online threats and block sites or apps containing inappropriate content. In turn, the Kaspersky Safe Kids solution allows parents to monitor what their children do, see, or search for, online across all devices, including mobile devices, and offers useful advice on how to help children behave safely online. To see the whole report, please visit: https://securelist.com/kids-summer-threats.
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