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Extra devices for remote learning

Every third family in KSA bought or rented extra devices

RIYADH, November 18, 2021

To provide all their children with the devices they needed for online classes, almost every third family (38%) with two or more children in Saudi Arabia had to buy or rent additional devices for remote learning last year.
In a recent survey , Kaspersky identified the technical challenges families faced during mandatory remote learning last year.
More than three-quarters (82%) of the children in Saudi Arabia used smartphones for remote learning.
Three out of four children (75%) experienced technical difficulties connecting to online lessons regularly or periodically. The majority (87%) got help from their parents to get their devices working. However, 18% 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 programmes and regularly solve internet issues. This proved difficult for parents and kids alike. 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," comments Andrey Sidenko, Head of Kaspersky's Online Child Safety Department.
To keep up with lessons, a lot of students had to install additional programmes on their devices. For example, 63% started using new video conferencing services, and 49% downloaded interactive simulators and other educational programs. Some parents (33%) found it necessary to start using a security solution.
Still 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 one’s 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 also 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.
-- TradeArabia News Service


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