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Friday, July 30, 2021

1 in 2 families in APAC bought or rented extra devices for remote learning —Kaspersky study

07/28/2021 02:25:20 PM

There are one in two families in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region that usually buys or rent extra devices as part of their challenges to keep up with today's challenges of remote learning.

That's according to the recent study conducted by Kaspersky.  Specifically, 49 percent of families (with 1 or 2 children) in the region had to buy or rent additional devices – just second highest globally to Africa (62%), and ahead of Latin America (48%) and the lowest rated of them all, Middle East (42%).

Meanwhile, it's interesting to note that more than half of the children in APAC (59%) conduct their online classes through smartphones.

Three out of five kids from the region (60%) experienced technical difficulties connecting to online lessons regularly or periodically. The majority (79%) got help from their parents to get their devices working. However, 16% of students resolved 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. 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 or the school if it offered this option, as well as install programs and regularly solve internet issues,” said  Chris Connell, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky.
“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 securely,” added Connell.
A lot of APAC-based students had to install additional programs on their devices as a way of coping up with the lessons. For example, 38% started using new video conferencing services, and 43% downloaded interactive simulators and other educational programs. All throughout these, some parents (23%) found it necessary to start using a security solution.
"When the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a mass migration to remote learning, many teachers and students had their first experience of working and studying online. We've been focused on helping schools and universities organize and get to grips with remote learning, and our efforts will continue as demand for digital tools inevitably increases. And not just for purely educational platforms, but social media as well. Remote learning is based on all kinds of ready-to-use tools to communicate in private or public communities and chat rooms for classes, live-stream lectures, host remote video lessons via group calls and upload learning materials," said  Sergey Mardanov, Director of University Relations at Group.
To keep your child safe online—be it playing, studying or chatting with friends — Kaspersky offers the Kaspersky Safe Kids solution. This lets parents know exactly how long their child spends online, and also protects them from inappropriate content, as well as the capability of viewing their child's current location, which can come in very handy if the child comes home from school alone.

Parents may also consider taking advantage of safe kids features included in Kaspersky Total Security (KTS).

From July until  August 4, Filipino customers can enjoy up to 50% discounts on selected Kaspersky products (KTS included) plus free e-gift vouchers worth up to 300 pesos (choice of Grab, GCash, or PayMaya).

Participating Kaspersky products are available from official partner stores in Metro Manila, official partner e-stores, and via Shopee and Lazada.

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