Parents Step Out of Screen Time Comfort Zones
As the ‘new normal’ means the home is increasingly becoming a technological hub for UK families
Children are spending more time online than ever before – and it’s not all down to home-schooling! UK parents admit they are relying more on digital devices to keep their kids entertained and reveal they have become more lenient with the amount of time their children are spending online!
According to a new report from Kaspersky, 46% of UK parents said their children have been spending more time online in the last year, and a third (33%) of parents believe their kids are spending more time online in the last few months. One in five parents said their children are using apps they’ve never used before like Zoom and Class Dojo.
The report reveals 81% of UK households have at least one device always connected to the internet, while more than half (56%) of UK households always have multiple devices connected to the internet.
Despite parents being more lenient about time spent online, parents are not comfortable about stepping out of their ‘digital comfort zone’. 48% of parents worry about the safety of the technology their kids use, and only half have very strict rules about keeping their kids safe online (49%). 27% confessed they don’t know how to keep their children safe online, and 32% agreed their kids are more grumpy after gaming sessions.
Dr. Berta Aznar Martínez, expert in family and child psychology, says:
‘Families are going through a lot of different changes in their dynamics due to the amount of technology appearing in their lives; this new dimension triggers various changes that are shaping family relationships and require some adjustments. Parents worry about children spending time online and struggle to find a balance between time online and offline. Especially since lockdown, parents fear that their children could be missing out on other activities that are beneficial for their development, such as playing with other kids or doing some sport. Parents are afraid as well of their children becoming somehow addicted to new technologies. Parents’ worries also include those related to the use of social networks or the access kids have to digital spaces that are not appropriate for them. Besides the comfort that security software gives to parents with this regard, all these perceived dangers should be seen as an opportunity to talk with their children and reach consensus; all family members can benefit from communicating openly about all these issues and strengthen bonds among them.’
The following tips have been created to help make sure your devices and personal information remain protected on the Internet:
- Take your online privacy seriously and don’t share or permit access to your information with third parties unless absolutely necessary, to minimise exposure of it falling into the wrong hands.
- Keep your services and applications up to date by installing the latest patches and updates. This way, your device remains protected against the latest threats.
- Ensure you always check permission settings on the apps you use, to minimise the likelihood of your data being shared or stored by third parties – and beyond – without your knowledge. You might end up giving consent by default, so it is always worth double checking before you start using an app or service.
- There is no substitute for strong and robust passwords. Use a reliable security solution like Kaspersky Password Manager to generate and secure unique passwords for every account and resist the temptation to re-use the same one over and over again.
- To find out if any of the passwords you use to access your online accounts have been compromised, use a tool such as Kaspersky Security Cloud. Its account check feature allows users to check their accounts for potential data leaks. If a leak is detected, this will provide information about the categories of data that may be publicly accessible so that the individual affected can take appropriate action.
The full report More Connected Than Ever Before: How We Build Our Digital Comfort Zones, can be viewed here.