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Survey: 56% of Emirati parents name cyberbullying as concern

Survey: 56% of Emirati parents name cyberbullying as concern

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Being a parent was never easy as it involves constantly worrying about the child. However, it became even more challenging in modern times when various digital threats came to the stage. Such dangers as cyberbullying emerged with their ability to provoke stress, depression and social isolation.

However, all can be prevented by maintaining prompt communication with a child and giving them a right stance regarding the Internet.

According to ‘Responsible Digital Parenting’ survey, 56% of Emirati parents claim that cyberbullying is a top concern when it comes to worries about their children. It is no surprise as this Internet phenomenon has already caused such problems as decrease in social activity and social isolation (40%), decreased self-esteem (39%), negative impact on child’s performance at school (36%), ongoing stress (31%) and depression (31%).

Additionally, 32% of children in the UAE have actually come across cyberbullying, be that being bullies themselves, seeing cases among their friends or being bullied. This number should have made parents think about the ways to prevent the proliferation of this phenomenon, however, not all the parents are aware of this. Particularly, 32% of parents haven’t discussed the ethics of the Internet with their child, while a quarter of them have not discussed safety rules on the Internet.

“There has always existed a certain threat landscape for parents. However, now it includes digital ones which can often be invisible as not every child tells their family about ongoing cyberbullying, for instance. According to our survey, 20% think something threatens their child on the Internet while 19% find it hard to say if there are potential dangers, thus not communicating enough on the topic. It is quite disturbing statistics,” remarked Andrey Sidenko, Head, Child Safety, Kaspersky Network.

In this context, it is crucial to take special measures in order to safeguard your child’s Internet presence. Kaspersky strongly recommends to:

  • Be more involved in your kids’ online life. Befriend them on social media platforms, communicate to learn more about modern trends and tendencies in social media. Chat with your child regularly to discuss their online experiences. Create a communication strategy in which they understand they can reach out whenever they have any worries
  • Notice the changes in your child’s behaviour, observe if they become more isolated or do not perform at school. In order to monitor this keep connecting with the school where they study

Kaspersky recommends that parents install a reliable security solution such as Kaspersky Safe Kids to look after a child’s digital life successfully and in a more productive way.

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