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Source: Federal Office for Information Security Location BonnDate 19.09.2019An uncontrolled use of messengers, in-app purchases, non-age-appropriate games: Children and adolescents are exposed to considerable risks on the Internet. This emerges from an online survey commissioned by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). On World Children’s Day on September 20, 2019, the BSI will therefore be informing about how parents can provide their children with orientation and security when dealing with smartphones, tablets and computers at an early stage. Among the biggest risks on the Internet, the respondents were mainly inappropriate content (68%), Cybergrooming, so the making up of children on the Internet (55%) and cyberbullying, ie insulting, threatening, exposing or harassing people on the Internet (50%) ). “Even our youngest today, of course, use smartphones, tablets and computers. We therefore have to prepare our children early for safe use of the Internet. They will grow up in an increasingly digitized world and should therefore be aware of the associated risks. This can not only work through prohibitions, but especially through the parental guidance to a confident and safe use of children with networked technology, “says BSI President Arne Schönbohm. According to the survey, most parents are in conversation with their children and establish rules of conduct or talk about protective measures. The most common are in-app purchases (66%), followed by inappropriate content (60%). Not even half of the respondents talk to their children about spam or fraudulent emails (47%), malware (45%) and e-mail account security (29%). Already the youngest people are doing a lot of online activities without supervision: 20 percent of first- to fourth-graders write messages about messenger services without parental eye view, 51 percent of seventh to tenth graders interact unsupervised with friends in the social media. The BSI recommends Parents, to accompany their children in dealing with the digital world, to talk about risks and to point out protective measures. These include, for example, special child search engines, separate user profiles or security devices for app stores. Many concrete references, a parent-child-guide as well as explanatory videos and podcasts are available at Press contact: Federal Office for Information Security Postfach 20036353133 BonnPhone: 49 228 99 9582-5777Telefax: 49 228 99 9582-5455E-Mail:


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