Kaspersky poll reveals the hardest subjects to learn online for kids in APAC

Over half or 55% of children across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region still prefer face-to-face classes. This is based on research conducted by cybersecurity vendor Kaspersky.

However, this rate is the lowest when compared to other regions globally. About 75% of kids in Latin America prefer the traditional mode of education. In Africa, the rate is 73% and in the Middle East, it is 58%.

The survey also found that most primary and secondary school students in APAC dislike new-normal school setup because they are forced to spend much time in front of a PC (74%). For 60% of the respondents, frequent technical problems during online learning sessions make the experience unlikely.

“The required transition to remote learning during the pandemic has been a real challenge for children and teachers alike,” said Kaspersky Online Child Safety Department Head Andrey Sidenko. “Despite the fact that offline is still the most effective form of school education, in our opinion, it’s important to introduce various digital and interactive elements into the educational process.”

Based on the same poll, kids in APAC think subjects related to exact and natural sciences are the hardest in the remote learning setup. The respondents find the following subjects most difficult to take online: mathematics (48%), chemistry (25%), and biology and physics (25%). Interestingly, this is the same trend in the other global regions.

To help keep children safe online, Kaspersky recommends its Kaspersky Safe Kids solution. It allows parents to be aware of the duration of time their kids spend online. At the same time, the program facilitates protection against inappropriate content.

Kaspersky Safe Kids solution is part of the Kaspersky Total Security (KTS) solution, which offers benefits to users like encrypting browsers for safeguarding online payment transactions, preventing identity theft (via anti-phishing technology), and securing passwords.