The latest survey by Kaspersky showed that parents in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region hide secrets with their kids as much as the latter does, fearing their kids from knowing more than the cybercriminals themselves.

“Ironically, online users in APAC are more concerned about having their blood relatives or relationship partners seeing or accessing their private data online way more than malicious actors,” divulged Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director for the Asia Pacific at Kaspersky.

“Our survey showed cybercriminals is their least concern with only 3.1%,” he added.

Average

%

Your partner/spouse

9.9

Your parents

9.1

Your children

10.3

Your family in general

8.7

Your employer

7.4

Your friends

8.2

Your colleagues

7.7

Cybercriminals

3.1

Government of your country

7.8

Internet in general

5.3

Internet retailers (Amazon etc.)

7.5

Social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

6.4

Big IT companies such as Google, Microsoft or Apple

7.7

Other companies

8.0

Other people in general

8.4

Chart 1: Whom are you afraid of seeing or having access to your private information? 

On a related note, other Kaspersky’s research also discovered that parents care about their kids’ online safety but spend less time to educate their kids about online security. Over half (58%) of the surveyed respondents confessed informing their children about the subject for less than 30 minutes.

To help families protect children from various internet threats, Kaspersky recommended the following:

  • Establish open communication about online activities.

  • As parents, you should also be transparent about your missteps online, if you have any. This way, your child will know that you are in this together.

  • If you know what your child is looking for online, you can offer help and support, but use the information carefully.

  • Discuss with your child how much time they can spend on social media. Try to persuade your child not to use social media during school lessons or at night.

  • Try not to limit your child’s social circle, but tell them to take care when choosing friends and acquaintances.

  • Subscribe to the Family edition of our Kaspersky Security Cloud. The service incorporates Kaspersky Safe Kids and helps to guard your family and private data, plus protect your kids online and beyond.

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