Findings of Internet Usage by Young People in SEA

Kaspersky Safe Kids 2019 report shows that children in SEA  uses the internet increasingly for video/music entertainment and software downloads as compared to online messaging.

The decline in the use of PCs for online messaging reflects the shift in children’s preference in using mobile devices over computers for messaging apps. With the shift in their online interests, the top three internet activities for kids in SEA for 2019 are software, audio and video websites; online messaging, and electronic commerce.

Based on the past year’s report, there’s a double-digit growth in children using the internet for accessing software, audio, and video websites was observed in several SEA countries making Indonesia the highest (38.72% to 60.33%). However, Malaysia had scored a slight decrease from 60.08% to 51.15% compared to last year

Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky said “We are fully aware that such sites are plagued with malware, virus, and dangerous content. We hope these findings could help parents in understanding their kids better and in protecting them against the potential dangers in the digital world.”

More young shoppers, lesser adult content visitors in SEA

The same report showed a trend of increase in 13% in  young shoppers in Southeast Asia from January to July 2018 and 2019 where Singaporean led the pack tallying of 18.82% of children using the internet for e-commerce. The Philippines closely followed and Malaysia recorded an increase of over 8%.However, Vietnam marked a slight decline from 1.03% to 1.02% of young shoppers online.

Another noteworthy finding is the decrease in percentage of kids in the region who use the internet to access adult content. Most countries in the region showed lesser interest for pornography and related content this year. Malaysia however, posted a very minimal increase of 0.09 in this category.

Asia, in general, scored a decline from 2.72% to 2.26% yet its numbers remained quite high compared with other regions globally in terms of adult content interest among kids. Statistics by region from the Kaspersky report show that the largest share of visits to adult sites were from young users in Latin America (4.28%), South Asia (2.74%) and Asia.

See the full report here: https://securelist.com/kids-report-2018-2019/91080/