STUDY: Kids Try To Access Social Networks Nearly Twice As Much As Porn Sites

By David Cohen 

Nearly twice as many attempts by kids to circumvent the parental controls of users of Kaspersky Lab’s products were aimed at Facebook and other social networks in May than at pornography sites, the Internet security firm reported.

Kaspersky Lab pointed out that the average household has 2.5 desktop or laptop computers, 1.4 smartphones, and 0.7 tablets, giving kids multiple ways to get online.

An analysis of its parental-control data for May found that kids attempted to access the following types of websites:

  • Social networks: 31.26 percent
  • Pornographic and erotic websites: 16.83 percent
  • Online stores: 16.65 percent
  • Chats and forums: 8.09 percent
  • Webmail: 7.39 percent
  • Resources containing illegal software: 3.77 percent
  • Casual games: 3.19 percent
  • Other inappropriate resources (websites about weapons or drugs, gambling websites, e-payment systems, etc.): 0.8 percent to 2 percent

However, Kaspersky Lab found that its results varied by country:

  • U.S.: Pornography topped the list at 22.02 percent, followed by online stores (19.5 percent), and social networks (18.88 percent).
  • U.K.: The order was the same as the U.S., at 23.27 percent, 19.59 percent, and 16.14 percent, respectively.
  • Germany: Again, the same order, at 25.66 percent, 20.68 percent, and 18.29 percent, respectively.
  • Brazil: Closely mirrored the global results, with social networks at 22.34 percent, pornographic sites at 18.91 percent, and online stores at 16.76 percent.
  • Japan: The chats and forums category was the leader by a wide margin, at 34.25 percent.

Kaspersky Lab Web Content Analysts Group Manager Konstantin Ignatyev said:

As always, prevention is better than a cure. This is the principle that our parental-control technology follows. In the modern world, access to any type of information has become easier than ever before. At the same time, children are especially vulnerable, and their outlooks are by nature naïve. Therefore, tools to protect children from inappropriate Web content should become obligatory. In Kaspersky Lab’s products, parental-control features are integrated into the newest protection technologies, so users receive a comprehensive solution that ensures a secure online experience for children and, at the same time, prevents possible infections, attacks, and other online threats.

Readers: Did any of Kaspersky Lab’s findings surprise you?

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