Majority of the parents in the UAE use gadgets to entertain children

According to the “Responsible Digital Parenting” survey, 84% of the parents in the UAE use their gadgets to entertain their children when they travel. Furthermore, 35% of the respondents try to calm down their children with the help of devices, 16% – aim to gain some spare time for themselves. As a result, there is a chance that children are often left one-on-one with gadgets. What is more, 65% of Emirati children have their own smartphone or tablet, according to the survey. Among such a big number, the majority of children were 12 years old when they first got their own device. Nevertheless, 30% of parents from UAE have not discussed safety rules on the Internet with their child. It means that the children are not always aware of how to maintain online hygiene themselves.

In order to teach children to use their gadgets in a beneficial way, to safeguard them from inappropriate content, take the following advice:

• Explain your child the ethics of the Internet (not to write anything offending or insulting, not to post embarrassing, indecent photos, etc.) and safety rules on the Internet (not to respond to strangers, not to publish too much private information etc.).

• Communicate with your child. Discover his or her interests and suggest suitable materials and video bloggers. Ensure them that you are a modern parent who understands them and to whom they can always come for a piece of advice;

• Install a reliable security solution such as Kaspersky Safe Kids to monitor your child’s activity successfully.