What are children doing online?
Kaspersky Lab’s mission is to protect the world from viruses. But the company also believes it has a duty to safeguard our children from content which could be harmful to youngsters. In order to carry out this important task, Kaspersky Lab’s products integrate a special component named Parental Control.
This component allows caring parents to control their children’s computer and Internet activity. For example, Parental Control allows parents to easily restrict the time their children spend using the computer or surfing the web.
In addition, Parental Control enables parents to restrict the launch of certain applications and to monitor their children’s activities on social networks and chat sites. One of the most important functions of this module is to limit access to potentially harmful web resources. Many of these, of course, are adult content sites. However, social networks, forums and even online stores can also pose a threat. The module currently includes 14 different categories of sites, enabling parents to decide which are undesirable for their child. Here are the categories:
- Pornography, erotic materials
- Illegal software
- Explicit language
- Forums and chats
- Web mail
- Online stores
- Social networks
- Anonymous proxy servers
- Payment systems
- Casual games
About a year ago we described how Parental Control worked with different web resources. At that time the statistics only considered resources which had been blocked by the Parental Control tools. Since then we have improved the mechanism of collecting statistical data and now we can identify the categories of sites which are most popular with youngsters, regardless of whether Parental Control allows them to visit or not.
That is why our worldwide statistics on the sites most frequently visited by children in 2013 varies considerably from the previous year’s figures.