By Juliet Umeh
A new report by a global cybersecurity company, Kaspersky has revealed that 89 percent of Nigerian parents allow their children to play with their gadgets while travelling.
It said most parents give their children gadgets in order to entertain them, spare some time for themselves or calm down their kids.
While reviewing travel patterns of parents and children as countries starts lifting travel bans, Kaspersky unveiled that “Responsible Digital Parenting” survey, 89% of the parents in Nigeria use their gadgets to entertain their child when they travel.
Furthermore, 33% of the respondents try to calm down their children with the help of devices and 22% aim to gain some spare time for themselves. As a result, there is a chance that children are often left one-on-one with the gadgets. What is more, 56% of Nigerian children have their own smartphone or tablet.
“Among such a big number, the majority of children were 2-6 years old when they first got their own device. Nevertheless, 31% of Nigerian parents have not discussed safety rules on the Internet with their child. It means that the children are not always aware of how to behave themselves safely online,” the company said.
Head of Child Safety at Kaspersky Network, Andrey Sidenko, said: “Most parents give their children gadgets in order to entertain them, spare some time for themselves or calm down their kids. However, they shouldn’t use digital devices uncontrolled.
“It has been estimated by Kaspersky that 19percent of Nigerian parents would like to monitor their child’s digital life better. This can be done by limiting screen time and holding conversations; however, a security solution is needed as well,”
Tips to safeguard children from inappropriate content, the security company advised:
*Explain to your child the ethics of the Internet (not to write anything offending or insulting, not to post embarrassing, indecent photos, etc.) and safety rules on the Internet (not to respond to strangers, not to publish too much private information etc.).
*Communicate with your child. Discover his or her interests and suggest suitable materials and video bloggers. Ensure them that you are a modern parent who understands them and to whom they can always come for a piece of advice.
*Install a reliable security solution such as Kaspersky Safe Kids to monitor your child’s activity successfully.