Kaspersky determined the technical challenges families faced amid the ongoing remote learning across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.
According to the study, over half of families (49%) in the region with two or more children had to buy or rent additional devices needed for online classes. The rate is highest worldwide, second to Africa (62%). This was followed by Latin America (48%) and then the Middle East (42%).
More than half of the children in APAC (59%) conduct their online classes through smartphones. However, three out of five kids from the region (60%) experienced technical difficulties connecting to online lessons regularly or periodically. The majority (79%) got help from their parents to get their devices working. The rest, 16%, of students resolved technical issues on their own.
“Across APAC, virtual learning continues to be the needed norm and we expect it to continue in the coming months. Our study proved that the mass enforced transition to remote learning brought about difficulties not only in terms of mastering the curriculum, but also technical issues,” commented Chris Connell, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky.
Additionally, several students from the region had to install additional programs on their devices to keep up with lessons. For example, 38% started using new video conferencing services, and 43% downloaded interactive simulators and other educational programs. Meanwhile, some parents (23%) found it necessary to start using a security solution.
To bulk up security for children navigating online, may it be playing or studying, Kaspersky offers its Safe Kids solution. This tool allows parents to know exactly how long their child spends online and protects them from inappropriate content. Parents can also view their child’s current location, which comes in handy if they come home from school alone.
Similar features are also available within Kaspersky Total Security (KTS).
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