With Christmas before the gates and eager kids all over the world hoping for gifts from Santa Claus, as a reward for their good behavior, Kaspersky Lab's research shows in which countries children show the most dangerous online behavior, of the last 12 months.
Based on the global statistics generated by Kaspersky Lab's Parental Control Unit, research shows that most attempts to visit dangerous websites by minor users were recorded in Israel (775 attempts), followed by the United Kingdom (460), the USA (352), Sweden (345) and Canada (302).
Greece was in 29 position with 92 recorded attempts.
This survey covers the period from December 2015 to November 2016 and includes data gathered from Kaspersky Lab's security and Parental Control enabled programs into Windows and Mac OS X. The statistics are based on the number that records the attempts visiting websites that fall under the seven default categories * that are considered as the most dangerous for children by Kaspersky Lab specialists. Statistics are presented as a number with total attempts per user per year.
The results of the survey show that children from Japan are more likely to try to visit sites belonging to the "Adult Content" category (39 Efforts) and "Software, Audio, Video" (104) - the latest category includes websites with unauthorized content. Also interesting is the fact that young Italians are more interested in gambling (3,6 attempts), while Portuguese youth frequently visits vulgar language websites (60 attempts). Children from Israel showed greater interest in websites promoting alcohol, tobacco products and / or drugs (687 per user) and weapons (3,8), while most attempts to visit violent websites (1,8 ) were made by young people in the US. Children in Greece showed more interest in websites with content that was inappropriate for minors (14 attempts per user), while in the other categories there was not a significant number of attempts.
Nevertheless, and to be more righteous, it is worth noting that all these attempts are not always advisable. For example, children can end up on these websites by accidentally clicking on a banner or a link that has been shared by another user. At the same time, another survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab in 2016, involving 3.780 families from seven (7) different countries, showed that young Russians and Americans were more likely than other children to hide from their parents any incriminating elements of their dangerous activity on the Internet, and to use child-friendly content.
"Knowledge is a force, as the well-known saying goes, and this is especially true for parents who now have an obligation to protect their children from unwanted and sometimes dangerous information, both in the real world and in the virtual world, comments Dragan Martinovic, Eastern Europe Managing Director of Kaspersky Lab.
"A mother or father can not always be next to his child to prevent a random online encounter, say pornographic content or websites that promote drug use. This is the most important reason that specialized IT solutions offer important service by alerting parents and helping prevent their children from visiting websites with such content. "
Unfortunately, Santa Claus was not available to comment.
* The categories of websites that can be excluded from the Parental Control unit of Kaspersky Lab's security programs are: content for adults, alcohol, tobacco products, drugs, electronic games, e-commerce, inappropriate / vulgar language, gambling and betting, lottery and sweepstakes, HTTP redirection queries, online media, job searches, news media, religions, religious organizations, software, audio, video, violence, weapons, explosives, fireworks automatically.
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The statistics presented in this press release include 7 categories: adult content, alcohol, tobacco products, narcotics, inappropriate language, gambling and betting, lotteries and draws, software, audio, video, violence, weapons, explosives and fireworks .