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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Pornography, illegal software and social networks: the dangers to children online

A Kaspersky Report

They have been a total of 60 million attempts to access pornographic websites a month, four times more than social networks.

Ti Journal: As the Internet plays an increasingly important role in the lives of children and adolescents, parents are more concerned about the ease with which you can access unwanted content on the network. This fact is supported by the growing number of users active parental controls on products of Kaspersky Lab now starting the school year in many countries, Kaspersky Lab has analyzed the statistics generated by the parental control in the last six months in all the world.

The main objective Parental Control is to help parents protect their children from the dangers of uncontrolled use of Internet. This feature is not enabled by default, but parents should do and choose which categories of Web pages - among other features - their children can access.

The data generated by Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) show that parental control alarms jump more often in the "pornography, erotica", "social networking" and "illegal software". Globally, these three issues are leading the pack by a wide margin, as there are 60 million attempts to access pornographic websites each month, four times more than the second in the list.

"Although many children receive in school Internet safety education, industry also has an important role to play in ensuring the safety of children online, revealing that there are risks to parents and children. This can help parents to take a more proactive to protect their children online.'s important that there are clear and accessible notices within IT services, especially at the point of sale, to help the children can take advantage of these services. This effort has to be done through coordination across the industry to ensure that the information that parents need to reach an effective way, "said Peter Daviews, Executive Director of the Online Protection Against Exploitation of Children - Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) in the UK.

"The dangers of the Internet are increasing every day but they are still under increasingly active in social networks. This ecosystem is extremely dangerous for children as they are the favorite hunting ground for cybercriminals, who use the networks to place malicious social links to fraudulent websites, and where children can come into contact with undesirable or dangerous people. At the same time, we must not forget the more traditional Internet dangers, as the content is not directed at children, and phishing attempts other types of fraud, "said Konstantin Ignate, Group Director of Web Content Analyst at Kaspersky Lab

The full version of the article "Statistics Parental Control alerts for several countries" can be found at: