1 in 2 families in APAC buys extra devices for remote learning — Kaspersky

Over half or one in every two (or 49%) families in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region had to buy or rent additional devices for kids’ online learning. This was part of the findings of a recent Kaspersky survey aimed at identifying technical challenges to continuous remote learning.

The rate is the second-highest worldwide after Africa (62%). In comparison, the figure in Latin America was 48%, while in the Middle East was 42%.

Interestingly, about 59% of children in APAC are found to take online classes through their smartphones. At the same time, 60% of kids experienced technical difficulties connecting to online lessons, while 79% got help from parents in getting their devices working (only 16% of students can resolve technical issues on their own).

“Across APAC, virtual learning continues to be the needed norm and we expect it to continue in the coming months,” said Kaspersky Asia Pacific Managing Director Chris Connell. “Our study proved that 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 of the school if it offered this option, as well as install programs and regularly solve internet issues.”

Moreover, to keep up with their lessons, numerous students from the region had to install additional programs on their devices. About 38% of the students began using new video conferencing services, while 43% downloaded interactive simulators and other educational programs. Only 23% of parents found it a must to start using a security solution.

The Kaspersky Safe Kids solution promises the safety of children online, whatever they are doing—studying, playing, or chatting with friends. It can allow parents to monitor their kids’ online logs and also protect minors from inappropriate online content. Parents can even track kids’ location.