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TELECOM & INTERNET | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Kids increasingly adapt to online learning tools

About 96% of students have taken part in full home-based learning in April.

A recent study by Kaspersky on children’s online behaviour has shown that during the circuit breaker children are gearing more towards the use of online tools for learning.

During the first five months of this year, the top three online activities that they are indulged in are interacting with software (35.99%), online messaging (32.51%), and virtual gaming (14.83%).

However, the study warns that whilst kids are acclimatising to e-learning, security concerns are also on the rise. “With multiple personal and work devices connected to the home network, children can sometimes represent the weakest link in a family’s online security. For instance, a child using their parent’s work laptop to download programmes containing malware could result in the loss of confidential work data, as well as have their emails hijacked to launch spam campaigns,” comments Yeo Siang Tiong, general manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky.

To avoid such insecurities, the cyber security company has emphasised on communicating with children and teaching them how to use the internet safely.

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