Not Just Kids, 70% of the Parents Also Do Not Regulate Their Online Activities: Kaspersky Study

Globally around half (52%) of the parents think their children know how much time they should spend online, revealed a study carried by Kaspersky.

Almost 70% of the parents themselves admitted that they spend a lot of time online. Whereas, 72% of the parents confess that excessive use of mobiles and the internet can disturb family life.

It is considered that online activities are addictive and children cut off from the real world and are attracted to digital presence. Despite this, around half of the parents let their children use the internet, believing that children know when enough is enough.

Fathers trust their children more in this matter as compared to mothers. Every three out of five fathers, (57%) trust their children with time spent online. However, only 48% of mothers show trust in their children.

Many parents, (40%) think they do not feel the need to check up on the online activities of their kids. It could be dangerous as even if the child is familiar with applications, cyber-risks are always there.

Parents are also phone addicted, as 70% of them admit that they are addicted to the web online. Around 84% of them admit they have used the internet and mobile phones in front of their children. Whereas, 51% of the parents have let the conversation with their kids be affected due to mobile phones.

Marina Titova, Head of Consumer Product Marketing at Kaspersky, said online activities can engage children for a long time but real-world activities can be even more engaging. But it possible only if parents invest their time with their children and indulge in activities that can create strong bonds and make beautiful memories.

Kaspersky has recommended some of the activities to regulate the time children spend online:

1. When a child is asking for attention, put your devices on the side.

2. If a child is spending too much time online, instead of instantly putting limits to it, politely discuss it with the child.

3. Try a new sport, engage in physical activities as a family or anything to make leisure time appealing for kids so they stay away from devices.

4. Set rules in house for everyone and not just children, as do not allow mobile phones on the dining table or leave devices in the lounge before going to bed.

5. Set rules for using social media platforms or other online communication ways so children follow the routine of their homework and connecting with friends in the real world.

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