89% of Indians believe schools must educate children on online safety: McAfee study
The study is part of the Consumer Mindset report published in India on June 8. The report, which had 1,000 respondents from India, found that 81% of said since last year, at least one member in their household had started either full-time or part-time online learning via virtual platforms. In 34% of households, these learners fall between the age group of 18-24 years, followed by 29% between 13 and 18 years, 24% between 5 and 12 years, 21% between 25 and 35 years, 16% over 35 years and 9% even under the age of 5.
Given that a large young audience has adapted to virtual learning, there’s a greater need to ensure their online safety and it’s encouraging to know that 36% of the respondents who participate in distant learning purchased new security/protection technology in India.
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Tips to stay safe· Don’t click all that you see - Despite knowing the sender, never click any kind of unsolicited links included in emails, text messages, or screen pop-ups.
· Don’t go overboard with sharing - Maximise privacy settings on all social profiles and engage in safe social networking.
· Access from home securely - Use a VPN when children are accessing online learning services from home to protect the privacy of the internet connection with bank-level encryption to stop hackers stealing personal information like passwords or data.
· Teach personal responsibility - Ask children to question the content they read or watch online to determine if it is credible before making up their minds.
· Strong, complex passwords - Strong passwords are critical, and hence, one must use complex catchphrases and combinations of letters, characters, and numbers. Prefer two-factor authentication to add an additional layer of protection between you and a potential attacker.
· Cautious information sharing – While learning online, there could be instances where children are required to exchange information with their peers.
August 19, 2021, 5:05 am