Almost half of UAE families bought extra devices for remote learning, says survey

Changes bought on by pandemic-induced online classes were difficult for parents and kids alike



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Ismail Sebugwaawo

Published: Thu 18 Nov 2021, 3:22 PM

Last updated: Thu 18 Nov 2021, 3:27 PM

To provide all their children with the devices they needed for online classes, almost half the families in UAE (41 per cent) with two or more children had to buy or rent additional devices, according to a recent survey by Kaspersky.

It's interesting to note that 48 per cent of the children in the United Arab Emirates use smartphones for remote learning.

Three out of four children (71 per cent) experienced technical difficulties connecting to online lessons regularly or periodically. The majority (88 per cent) got help from their parents to get their devices working. However, 16 per cent of students resolved technical issues on their own

"The mass enforced transition to remote learning brought about difficulties not only in terms of mastering the curriculum, but also technical issues. Many families had to purchase additional devices or borrow them from friends or the school if it offered this option, as well as install programs and regularly solve internet issues. This proved difficult for parents and kids alike," said Andrey Sidenko, Head of Kaspersky's Online Child Safety Department.

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"But I'd like to hope that the experience gained from deep immersion in the online world will help us take a fresh look at the traditional offline learning format and use more effective digital tools."

To keep up with lessons, a lot of students had to install additional programs on their devices. For example, 60 per cent started using new video conferencing services, and 48 per cent downloaded interactive simulators and other educational programs. Some parents (26 per cent) found it necessary to start using a security solution.

Still, as the demand for digital tools inevitably increased. the educational sector continues to attract the attention of cybercriminals on the Internet. According to Kaspersky research, the most popular lure used to be Zoom. This is not surprising given that Zoom is the most popular platform for virtual meetings, with more than 300 million daily meeting participants.

The second most popular was Moodle, followed by Google Meet. The number of users that encountered threats disguised as popular online learning/video conference platforms increased for all but one platform — Google Classroom.

To keep your child safe online, regardless of what they're doing – playing, studying or chatting with friends – Kaspersky offers the Kaspersky Safe Kids solution. It lets parents know exactly how long their child spends online and protects them from inappropriate content. In addition, parents can view their child's current location, which can come in very handy if the child comes home from school alone.

- ismail@khaleejtimes.com


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