“Worryingly, only 1 in 4 parents were confident of keeping their family secure from online threats,” said Terrence Tang, Regional Director, Digital Marketing & Consumer Business, Trend Micro. “At the same time, most are clueless about what their children are doing online. This is a huge concern as children these days have high dependency on the Internet – be it for playing online games, staying connected with friends via social media or mobile chat apps, or as a research tool for school work. With the daily increase of cyber-criminals, parents need to be aware of the potential for online trouble and keep tabs on young netizens in order to create a safe online environment for their families.”
The online poll conducted by Trend Micro, surveying 695 respondents from Singapore, revealed that:
- Half of the kids and teens in Singapore have their own computers of mobile devices. However less than 30% of parents are completely aware of their children’s online activities.
- Close to 75% of parents feel that online security is very important
- Parents’ top Internet and online safety concerns were computer viruses and other malware (89%), malicious websites (81%) and exposure to inappropriate content (71%)
- Although more than 70% or parents are concerned about their children surfing inappropriate content, less than 30% install or enable parental controls
- Only 24% of parents are very confident in securing their family from online threats
- More than half of Singaporean households have 5 or more computers and/or mobile devices
In order to protect the children and teens from potential cyber threats, Trend Micro advises parents to consider the following tips to keep families safe:
· . From there, help them to . For pulse checks, keep the conversation flowing on a regular basis.
· understand what your children are doing online. At the same time, review the safety and security policies of these sites and see if they require any personal information (like an email address or home phone number) to be provided
- Keep yourself updated – Strive to be knowledgeable about threats and security issues so that that you don’t get outsmarted by your kids. At the same time, you’re also setting a good example for your children to follow!
- Common Sense Media. In addition, check out Trend Micro Site Safety to find out if a URL is malicious or not.If you’re still not sure if a certain site is appropriate for your children, visit
- use a reputable computer security software and keep it up-to-date. For mobile devices, take advantage of built-in security features such as password, autolock, and features that allow a user to disable features such as in-app purchases
. Trend Micro Titanium Security products allow parents to monitor their children online as well as limit their access to inappropriate websites. For mobile phones, use a security application such as Trend Micro’s Mobile Solutions available for both iPhone and Android (free download).You can block access to many categories of harmful sites by using the parental control features of your computer security software
- Trend Micro Titanium can even help you prevent them from posting information like your home phone number online.Make sure your children know to never share their phone number, address, and names. Some security technology, like
For more information on Internet safety at home, check out Trend Micro’s digital e-guides and online security tips here.
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