Kaspersky Lab boosts cyber security awareness across Namibian schools

Windhoek, 17 September: Kaspersky Lab, a global cyber security company, in partnership with Active Education, is bringing cyber security education in Namibian schools through a series of interactive activations.
Aimed at driving top of mind awareness around online safety, the Safe Kids Roadshow 1, starting on 10 September in Windhoek, will move through Walvis Bay and conclude on 21 September in Swakopmund – covering 20 schools and a total of over 13 700 children and parents. Among the main threats to be addressed are cyber bullying, inordinate disclosure of personal information and general rules of online behaviour.
1 The Safe Kids Roadshow is an educational initiative done by Kaspersky Lab together with a third party education provider. During the project, Kaspersky Lab educated about 16,000 kids across the META region in South Africa, UAE and Bahrain.
2 Kaspersky Lab and B2B International Security Risks Survey 2017
While the internet provides many benefits to children, it can also be a dangerous place for them and as such, it is essential that children are educated about online security and parents know and understand their children’s online activities in order to protect them. Alarming 32% of parents, surveyed globally, admitted that they do not have any control of what their children see or do online, and about 25% do not take any measures to protect their children from online threats.
“Protecting children is something that Kaspersky Lab takes very seriously on a global scale, which is why we recommend using not only the usage parental control products, but also having a trusting relationship with your child. No matter what kids are doing online, it is important for parents not to leave their children’s digital activities unattended and to educate them about online security. The more information you have as a parent, the more you are able to protect them,” adds Riaan Badenhorst, General Manager for Kaspersky Lab Africa.
Kaspersky Lab’s latest report, based on statistics from the company’s Parental Control modules, has revealed that children in Namibia are more likely to watch video content and listen to music, then spend time on social media. Audio and video content accounted for 50% of all online activities of Namibian children, with YouTube and DVD VideoSoft being popular among the younger generation, while younger kids prefer Nickelodeon Africa. This was followed by 31% interested in Internet communication media – in the majority of cases, this is referred to as social media/ networks – with popular ones being Facebook, Google Hangouts, Skype and WhatsApp. Children in Namibia also visited news sites more frequently, including the BBC and the Daily Mail – accounting for 8% of activities. Electronic commerce is among the top categories as well: 5% of children showed their interest in exploring Amazon for clothes and mobile devices.
At the same time, according to our survey, 12% of respondents globally admitted that their children became addicted to the internet, and the same amount complained that their children saw explicit content online. Malware is another big problem – digital devices can easily be infected while children play or search online — this happened to 10% of the users surveyed.
“As a school, we fully support the need to educate and create awareness about online safety, especially as our learners are exposed to more than ever before and while this opens up immense learning opportunities, we need to be cognisant of their safety,” said Kathi Damon, Principal Primary School at the Waldorf School Windhoek. “With this in mind, we fully support the activation that Kaspersky Lab has initiated for our learners and look forward to the positive impact it will have.”
Kids in different countries have different interests and online behaviours, but what links them all is their need to be protected online from potentially harmful content. To help children avoid such threats, Kaspersky Lab experts advise parents to talk with their children to educate them about correct behaviour and security on the Internet, to ensure they know not to publish too much personal information that attackers can use, that it is not necessary to join groups with potentially dangerous content or to ‘friend’ someone they don’t personally know or follow links from unknown recipients.
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.
More educational tips for parents can be found at https://kids.kaspersky.com/, and more educational tips for kids can be found here https://kids. kaspersky.com/kids/.
About Kaspersky Lab
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