Kaspersky Lab’s Position On Protecting the Kids

Kaspersky Lab uses its strong expertise and leadership in the digital security industry to make sure children’s online security gets at least as much attention and care as that of individual adult Internet users, businesses or public infrastructure.

Kaspersky Lab’s Position On Protecting the Kids

Kaspersky Lab allocated 130,000 EUR in 2015 to a project intended to explore the issues of children’s online security, parent education and the development of effective security solutions. KL is working on this project together with the European Schoolnet (EUN), a non-profit uniting 30 European education ministries.

Kaspersky Lab’s educational portal provides online safety tips for kids in Russian and English.

We have joined forces with the University of Shizuoka (Japan) in a project to research grade school students’ smartphone activity and identify potential vulnerabilities.

Kaspersky Lab has become a member of the Family Online Safety Institute, a leading international organization that designs and arranges online security curricula and training programs.

WORDSCANSAVE.ME

Kaspersky Lab spearheaded the project wordscansave.me, which produced a website that provides answers to questions from children and teens who have fallen victim to online bullying.

Kaspersky Safe Kids is a specialized security solution that protects children from adult or other undesirable content, enabling the parent to set (and enforce!) a limit on the use of software and devices, provides a report on the child’s online activity on request, immediately alerting the parents to any problems or threats if and when they arise. Parents have a way of setting a safe GPS perimeter — an area within which their child is allowed to be. If the child decides to go outside these limits, Kaspersky Safe Kids will send an alert to the parents.







How to Tell
If Your Child
Has Become a Victim
of Cyberbullying

Violence
Online

Kaspersky Lab’s Position On Protecting the Kids






Alex, a 12 year-old, was spending most of his time online, and when he suddenly deleted all his social media accounts and was no longer glued to his smartphone screen during family meals, his parents were delighted at first — finally the boy had seen the light! However, after a while, they discovered that their son’s passion for gadgets had not passed all by itself: he had fallen victim to cyberbullying, a common type of online violence. One teen in three faces this problem worldwide. According to a recent WHO study, 11 year-olds most frequently complain of cyberbullying in Russia, while Greenland and Lithuania top the charts for 15 year-olds. How can you recognize the signs of trouble early enough and how can you protect your child?







Four worrying
signs of online
bullying

Your child is suffering an abrupt mood swing. He or she feels down a lot of the time, avoids public places, uses their smartphone and other gadgets less frequently, seems jumpy and nervous about new message alerts and doesn’t check his or her incoming messages right away.

Your child is scared for no apparent reason. Your kid seems afraid of pretty much everything: going to school, participating in public events, attending extracurricular classes and activities, using the Internet or their phone.

Your child has deleted his or her social media pages and accounts. The chances are your kid did this to avoid cyberbullying.

You discover offensive or demeaning online images and messages addressed to your child. This is the clearest sign of trouble, leaving no doubt that your kid is having problems. Cyberbullying can happen in plain view of everyone, and you should be able to see the extent of the problems your child is facing.














So what can you do about it?







Get all the essential information about the problem facing your child. You can find all the info on wordscansave.me, a project proposed by Kaspersky Lab and created to help everyone who has to deal with cyberbullying. The website offers a collection of expert advice, and an interactive learning game for kids that can prepare them for situations in which they may face excessive or abusive social pressure.

Have a heart-to-heart talk with your child. Do not put them under pressure, do not threaten or accuse them, just carefully find out all details of what is going on. Convince your child this wasn’t his or her fault. Praise him (or her) for being open with you.

Take the necessary steps to remove or delete the offensive messages or images immediately. You can either delete the offensive page or contact the website admin or a social media moderator, ISP, or another authority that has control over content.

If your child is bullied by his or her classmates or other peers at school, contact a teacher or the school principal for help.

Teach your child to be more careful online. Explain to your kid that it is never a good idea to post his or her phone number, home address or the street address of his or her school online, to discuss the details of his or her daily schedule or to share photos for everyone to see, even total strangers.

To avoid similar problems in the future, make sure you install protective security software. Kaspersky Lab has developed Kaspersky Safe Kids, an app that can help to analyze the content of your child’s social media accounts. You can use it to protect your kids from searching for or looking at inappropriate content, limit the time they can use their gadgets for, or to receive alerts of suspicious online activity that can affect your child. The app does not grant you direct access to your child’s online conversations, preserving his or her privacy, but will send you an alert if the number of «red-flag» key words increases. You can install a free basic version of Kaspersky Safe Kids on any Internet-capable devices, after which you will start getting alerts about your child’s online activity as emails or text messages to your smartphone.