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55% Of Nigerian Parents Have Digital Misunderstanding With Their Children -Kaspersky Lab

…Because They Spend Too Much Time On The Phone

By Ifeoma Asika, Correspondent Campuses

Modern parents have to constantly educate themselves andkeep up to date when it comes to the Internet trends. There is a strong reasonfor it – their children. If parents do not know what is popular on the Net,they can have misunderstandings or even conflicts with their children. It turnsout, not all the parents keep up with current trends online and have enoughknowledge about content that their children prefer.

According to the recent survey*, 27 per cent of Nigerianparents do not watch video blogs and are not sure what is popular among modernkids. However, the kids themselves are interested in watching such content: onethird of children in Nigeria watch video blogs, including those dedicated togames and toys (60%), movies (51%), music (43%) and computer games (32%).

It goes on with video games that are one of the most popularpastimes among kids and teenagers – 85 per cent of Nigerian children play videogames, 20 per cent involving in multiplayer ones where they are able tocommunicate with other people participating there. A child’s digital life canalso be the reason for a family conflict, with 55 per cent of parents claimingthat their child spends too much time on the phone or doing nothing useful(27%).

“Being digitally educated and involved in social mediaactivities is a must-do for a parent nowadays as the lack of knowledge in thisfield can trigger some conflicts in the family. In order to understand yourchild, to be able to communicate with them and discuss certain modern trends ofthe evolving world, you have to read more and be present on the Net. It canpossibly save the parents a lot of trouble and make their children respectthem,” said Lead web content analyst at Kaspersky, Andrey Sidenko.

To successfully maintain a friendly relationship with yourchildren and be aware to which things they dedicate their free time to,Kaspersky recommends following these steps:

  • Educate yourself. Read more on the topic of theInternet trends, challenges, video games and new technologies – not only willit better your conversations with children, but also keep you informed.
  • Communicate with your child, ask them abouttheir digital hobbies and problems, help if it is needed.
  • Install a reliable security solution such asKaspersky Safe Kids to know about the interests of your child in the digitalworld.

*Editor’s Note: *The“Responsible Digital Parenting” survey was implemented in conjunction withToluna research agency in the end of 2019 – beginning of 2020. 5000 respondentsfrom META region and Baltic states participated in the survey.

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