Kaspersky Lab: children in the UAE face cyber threats on social media

Kaspersky Lab holds cybersecurity performances in Dubai schools

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Kaspersky Lab: children in the UAE face cyber threats on social media In partnership with Active Education, Kaspersky Lab discussed the general rules of online safety.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  November 20, 2017

Kaspersky Lab has been spreading awareness on online safety at select schools in Dubai, discussing the key threats children face online.

In partnership with Active Education, Kaspersky Lab discussed the general rules of online safety and mind awareness on cyberbullying. According to the security firm, 80% of children in the Middle East are interested in social media and have a strong presence on the platforms, and the second popular online content falls under video sharing websites.

In a recent study by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, 23% of parents in the UAE reported that their children's online safety had been compromised as a result of using social media. Additionally, 10% of children have used the internet to meeting strangers, 8% have been a victim of cyberbullying and 7% have revealed too much personal information.

Maria Namestnikova, Children's online safety expert at Kaspersky Lab, said: "Considering the fact that the internet is not going anywhere, there has never been a more important time to truly educate children about online safety and the dangers the online world can present to them, to ensure that they can equip themselves to enjoy online experiences safely.

"Even though parental control programs remain a good measure of child protection online - they also do not guarantee 100% safety. While fighting online threats to kids, education is a pillar for children and adults alike. This is something that Kaspersky Lab takes very seriously on a global scale, and this is why we decided to embark on these educational initiatives in Dubai." 

To help children avoid threats related to social networks, Kaspersky Lab researchers have identified several warning signs. These include:

  • - sudden changes in mood for no apparent reason;
  • - changing the style of use of their digital device and social networks (for example, the - child begins to wake up at night to go online);
  • - a sharp increase or decrease in the number of "friends" in their social network;
  • - the appearance of "friends" with a big age difference;
  • - abusive images and messages on the child's social media page;
  • - the child deletes their page on social networks.

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