Social networks are dangerous for kids
Children made 52 million unauthorised attempts to use social networks in one month.
The web is a source of useful information and knowledge, but when used without restrictions can be quite a dangerous environment for little web-surfers.

Different threats, from familiar viruses up to serious fraud, let alone content not intended for children’s eyes, can place your children – and even the whole family – in real danger.

Families now tend to have more and more devices which can access the Internet, which means it’s easier than ever for kids to get online – and harder than ever to control what they do there.

Children use all of these devices to some extent or other, while Parental Control options are far from widely used.

Kaspersky Lab analysed the response of the Parental Control modules incorporated in its protection products, and in the first five months of 2013 it found that the following potentially dangerous resources are most attractive for children in the Internet.

In absolute terms, within May of 2013, Parental Control modules registered more than 52 million attempts to visit social networks, and more than 25 million attempts to access pornographic sites.

Websites popular with children, January - May 2013


These numbers reflect an interesting shift, which sees pornography drop to second place behind social networks. In addition, the Top 3 for the first months of 2013 also included online stores. We can assume that children look at these stores in search of toys and similar products.

In these circumstances parents need to be especially careful: if children know where their parents keep their bank cards, they can use them to make unplanned purchases. Moreover, children could fall victim to fake Internet shops created by cybercriminals.

What can be done?

"As always, prevention is better than cure. This is the principle that our Parental Control technology follows. In the modern world, access to any type of information has become easier than ever before. At the same time, children are especially vulnerable, and their outlooks are by nature naive. Therefore, tools to protect children from inappropriate web content should become obligatory," said Konstantin Ignatyev, Kaspersky Lab's Web Content Analysts Group Manager.

Parental control in software products is convenient in that it enables parents to shield their children from unwanted content in a tactful and intelligent manner without blocking web access altogether. Using simple tools, parents can configure protection features to meet their needs and the needs of their children.

In particular, parental control allows parents to restrict access to specific sites and programmes, or to the entire Internet. Similarly, parents can set timetables for their children’s computer use: at an inappropriate time, the computer simply won’t switch on, so children won’t be distracted from their homework or other important things.

Do you use parental control software on your home computer?

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