World’s scariest hard drive

by DannyUK

Intel Security have released information recently which caught my eye.

More than half of UK children have witnessed cyber bullying on social networks.

At first glance, this statistic horrified me. 50% of kids is a massive number. The full breakdown is this:

  • Just over one in ten UK children (11%) has been a victim of cyberbullying on social media and nearly half (49%) rank it as their top concern.
  • Nearly half of children (49%) have witnessed cruel behaviour on social networks,yet a third (33%) did nothing to report it.
  • One in five (20%) parents think their child has spoken to a stranger online, while one in ten children aged 8-16 years old said they would meet with someone they met online.
  • The majority of children (75%) learn information about online safety from their parents yet 64% of parents believe their child is more social media savvy than they are.
  • Over a third of parents (38%) have not made an attempt to find out what their child is doing online.
  • 47% of children aged 8-16 years old typically spends 10 or more hours on the internet each week.
  • 85% of parents think it is important that their kids are taught how to stay safe online in the next 2-5 years.

Then I got to thinking about my four kids. All four have, in some way or another, seen cyber bullying.

As parents, our natural instinct is to defend our kids. We may not be able to protect them from the bitching that goes on at school, but online is a different kettle of fish.

My kids, aged 8, 11, 12 and 14, are techno-wizards. They may as well have been born with iPhones in their hands and a Bluetooth implant.

I’ve always prided myself on being above average with technology, but the speed that the kids pick things up amazes me. Their mum and I were early adopters on the internet, and as such, we have both always been fairly happy with them being online.

Naturally, we are – and have always been – aware of the online threats. Whether it’s security risks, or more “in real life” danger like being contacted by someone that they don’t know, we’ve always taken steps to keep our kids as safe online as we can do.

For starters, our kids aren’t just tech-savvy. They are internet-savvy too.

8 year old multitasking

As if to prove my point, my 8 year old can multitask when it comes to technology

We also know that they are fallible. There will come a time when one of them messes up and something bad happens – whether it’s having their data stolen, or talking to someone that they aren’t familiar with. Because we are aware of this, we can take as many steps as possible to prevent it.

They know not to share their passwords with friends, they know not to click on certain pop-ups or links, and they know not to download unusual files.  Doing any of these things could lead to you having the world’s scariest hard drive.  Or possibly the world’s slowest, as viruses take over.

It’s a conversation we’ve had with them, and one that we know they’ve taken on board simply because if we start mentioning it these days, they cut us off and rattle out the remainder of any warning we were trying to give. It’s normally accompanied by a dismissive “Yeah, I know!” which wouldn’t be out-of-place in a Kevin The Teenager sketch.

We also have the passwords for their accounts. (Or at least, they’ve all started online with us having full access. As they grow older and more responsible, then they are allowed more freedom. Having their passwords means that we can dip in and out of their various accounts to check that they aren’t doing anything that they shouldn’t be.

Of course, the fact that Intel have commissioned the publishing of these results ties in nicely with their line of business. IT security software like Intel Security’s Life Safe can help protect children and reduce concerns about security.

Now part of the McAfee Group, this software can help you to maintain solid security for your devices against the latest malware, viruses and other online threat. It safeguards all the PCs and Macs you own, as well as smartphones and tablet running Android and iOS operating systems

It also allows you to block inappropriate sites to prevent your kids from seeing things online that you’d rather they didn’t see, and you can even use it to prevent your wifi being used by other people.

If you want to know more, check out their website on http://www.intelsecurity.com/

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As well as providing the research results, Intel have also teamed up with the blog to give away 4 tickets to Bletchley Park this summer. Not only that, but there are 8 runner-up prizes of some Intel Security software to win too!

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About the research:

In April/May 2015 Intel Security surveyed more than 9,000 parents and teenagers, aged between 8 and 16 years old, across the world to better understand what teens are doing online and how little or much parents truly know their children’s’ activity. In the UK, the online survey was filled out by 3,000 participants and this was broken down into 2,000 parents and 1,000 teens.

This article is a paid-for advert and the competition is run independently of this site. Full disclosure details for this blog are available on the Disclosure Policy page.

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