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Concern regarding Children’s Exposure to Malware to be Addressed

A study by Trend Micro shows that 25.6% of children aged 7-16 years have either taken down one computer-virus or inadvertently used web-links that led them onto a porn site. SCMagazine published this dated February 7, 2012.

Indeed, under the auspices of Safer Internet Day, concerned people will reach out to over 4,000 school kids since according to the study more than 25% of the children continue to follow malicious web-links.

Further, it's evident that kids aged 7-9 years are most chanced for doing this when 33% of children from every age-group acknowledged that they had followed web-links pointing to unsuitable things. But, according to the survey, children of higher ages are more chanced with inadvertently taking down malware onto their computers when children aged 14 and 15 years at 47% and 36% respectively admitted having done so.

Meanwhile, children aged 7-16 years at the rate of 14% said that cyber-bullying had victimized them while the same percentage stated that they'd befriended somebody online whom they didn't know otherwise.

Director Security Research & Communication for EMEA Rik Ferguson at Trend Micro says that it's most important to ensure children's safety, as they go online, against viruses to cyber-bullying as well as risks that are largely hyped. Actually, letting them to feel independent should be rightly balanced with their having to feel unhesitant towards seeking advice, he adds. PC Advisor published this on February 8, 2012.

Importantly, by putting queries to 500 parents having 5-16-year-old children, OnePoll conducted the survey. Director Bill Strain of Westcoastcloud stated that it was gladdening to know that in Scotland, half of parents were increasing their vigilance regarding the dangers, potential or real, their kids confronted as they surfed on the Web. SCMagazine published this.

Strain additionally stated that parents could perform sufficiently for maintaining their children's safety when online. Thus, he suggested educating the children that while they could get any number of fabulous items on the Internet they could also get any number of inappropriate items via the same. Therefore, risks prevailed that called for loading security software that'd block unsuitable websites or matter, Strain advised explaining to the children.

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