Kaspersky issued a new Safe Kids study revealing children’s interests between March and May 2022. Real-life events such as the Oscars were trending, while the creepy ‘Backrooms’ game also gained the kids’ interest. In the music field, PSY reigns supreme once again with its latest track, “That That,” released in collaboration with BTS star SUGA.
In acquiring these data, Kaspersky analyzed anonymized data voluntarily provided by Kaspersky Safe Kids users, such as search queries. From the study, Will Smith’s infamous Oscars slap garnered not only the adults’ attention but also kids worldwide, with multiple of them widely discussing the event throughout spring. Another popular real-life event is the most-talked about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s divorce trial and even speculation about the Spiderman celebrity couple, Zendaya and Tom Holland. For some reason, children frequently searched for “UwU,” an emoticon depicting a cute face.
The gaming section saw some slight changes over the spring, with the notable one being The Backrooms game, a creepypasta (referring to horror-related content on the internet) that puts the player in an endless maze of randomly generated office rooms to explore.
Naturally, music is also among the most popular categories on YouTube. PSY’s ‘That That’ produced with and featuring BTS star SUGA became a wide hit for kids. Another is the theatrical “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” song from the widely-known animation movie “Encanto.”
In the movies and cartoons category, many children looked up on “My Story Animated” channel on YouTube, which animates “real-life” stories that were sent to them by teenagers.
Other movies that kids have been enjoying for the past months were “The Bad Guys,” “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” “Rock Dog 2,” and “Heartstopper.”
When it comes to applications and software, audio and video (43.6%), internet communication (17.2%), and e-commerce (16.1%) web categories were at the top of the list. The most popular apps on Android included YouTube (31.6%), TikTok (19%), and WhatsApp (18.3%). For Windows programs, Google Chrome (44.7%), Microsoft Edge (12.6%), and the messaging platform Discord (9.8%) took the top spots.
“Children’s passions change rapidly and for parents to better understand their little ones and build close relationships with them, it can be useful to explore their interests and hobbies together. Modern parental control apps are one way to help with this,” shared Anna Larkina, web content analysis expert at Kaspersky.
To ensure children have a positive online experience, Kaspersky recommends that as a parent:
- Involve yourself in your children’s online activities from an early age so that this is the established norm, and you can then mentor them on online safety practices.
- Consider downloading parental control apps and discussing this topic with your child to explain how such apps work and why they’re needed to stay safe online.
- Make talks about cybersecurity more enjoyable and exciting by discussing them with your child through games and other entertaining formats.
- Spend more time communicating with your kids about online safety measures. Try paying attention to your own habits. Do you use your smartphone when eating or chatting? See if there are any patterns of your kids mimicking your habits? Do they react differently when you put your phone away?
- Ask your child not to agree to any privacy settings on their own and ask for help from you instead. Adults should get into the habit of reading all privacy agreements.
Interested in reading more about the study can find the full report via this link.