KUALA LUMPUR – Following the introduction of restrictions around the world due to the COVID-19 threat, people’s usual online behavior has changed, not only among adults but also among children. According to the latest data from Kaspersky, kids in Malaysia have paid less attention to computer games in recent months, especially when compared to the period before the pandemic began.
Statistics from the global cybersecurity company showed that the majority of the children in Malaysia spent most of their time online from March, April, and May on software, audio, and video websites to search for files, which could be related to digital or e-learning during the Movement Control Order (MCO).
|Software, audio, video||50.75%||47.40%||50.69%|
|Internet communication media ||20.33%||24.99%||18.83%|
Software, audio, video category includes websites for downloading certain types of files.
- Websites for downloading audio and video files: movies, recordings of sports events and concerts, music, music videos, video clips, audio and video learning materials etc
- Torrent trackers and file sharing services irrespective of the physical location of files to which they provide access
- Electronic catalogues of software which has a trial period of use
The MCO has kept the children to continue their education from home, done by attending online classes using laptops, tablets, or mobile phones. Declining interest in games can be explained by the increased need of having to focus on other activities such as digital learning and online messaging related to the same cause during these periods of learning from home.
“Most parents, together with their kids, would have spent a lot of time searching for learning materials online during the MCO. It is, however, important to remember that as we spend longer time online, the risks of cyber threats would be higher. The MCO in Malaysia gave unprecedented learning opportunities for the kids in the digital era, and provided a good platform for the parents to be more aware of cybersecurity, which is beyond just installing an internet security application on their devices,” says Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky.
To ensure your child has positive digital learning during the pandemic, Kaspersky has the following recommendations:
- Spend more time to communicate with your kids about vital online safety measures. Parents’ advice must be specific, practical, and timely, and delivered in a way that is useful and memorable for children.
- Surf and learn together. Seeing where your kid spends their time online means you can explore how best to keep them safe. By spending time online together playing games and so forth, you can learn from each other.
- Block and report. Teach your kid how to block and report when they see or experience something problematic online.
- Be real with your children about how the information you put online can remain there for the rest of their lives.
- Install cybersecurity software that can help protect against some threats, especially when you are not around to monitor in person.
 Websites for downloading certain types of files
 Websites that provide online chats, forums, bulletin board, social networks, webmail
 Computergames of various genres
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