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  • Kaspersky: How to guide children online?
    Time: Oct. 16, 2020

    Inevitably, when a child plays video games, parents think how harmful it can be. Do these games affect the child's behavior? Will you have nightmares? Will there be indelible fears? What if the child is already addicted?


    In the survey titled “More Connected Than Ever: How We Build Our Digital Comfort Zones,” around 760 respondents in the region said that children now spend more time online than before the pandemic. Overall, 63% of parents surveyed by Kaspersky agree with this observation, while only 20% differ.


    To help parents find their way into their children's gaming habits, Kaspersky today shares all the potential problems of video games and offers solutions for parents and parents.


    Fear: a child is a black sheep when games are forbidden
    Parents who are particularly afraid of video games are seriously considering banning family games altogether. At the same time, these parents are often held back by the fear that the child will turn into a black sheep at school if everyone is playing and he / she does not have that opportunity.


    Banning video games is not a good decision - a child whose peers play video games will certainly feel like an outcast. Also, games are a new kind of art. It will not only be interesting for a child to touch it, but it can also be very useful, especially if the parents can direct it correctly.


    As in many situations, prohibition is not an option. Parents should not prohibit the child's activities in video games, but control them effectively with the help of special software and settings, communicate with the child and explain the rules.


    Anxiety: damage to vision and posture
    Many parents fear that if the child spends a lot of time playing, the sight will be damaged. Others fear that sitting for a long time in front of the computer or bending over a smartphone could negatively affect a child's posture.


    Yes, especially if the child is willing. Pre-existing vision problems are a reason to organize the game process more carefully. Posture can also be at risk, especially if the child is not exercising.


    Ask your doctor if your child will be seen by an ophthalmologist, how long to spend with the device in a day, or if the child will not be seen by an ophthalmologist. Set an appropriate limit based on the child's age. Software version restrictions can be set through online security programs such as Kaspersky Safe Kids or internal settings such as set-top boxes and iOS-based mobile devices.


    Fear: virus on your computer
    Some parents worry that their child might install malware with or instead of their favorite game.


    Recent Kaspersky research shows that the activity of hackers using the game theme as bait has increased significantly since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, criminals who use the theme of the game in their attacks do not use sophisticated technical methods, but rather rely on the credulity and ignorance of users.


    The first thing to do is explain to the child what malware is, where to download it, and what harm it can cause. It's also worth taking the time to talk to your child about the negatives of hacking. Use an antivirus program. This is useful not only when a child accidentally installs malware, but also in many other situations.


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