Don’t know what to buy for your children this Christmas? A recent survey by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky found that games overwhelmingly capture the interest of children, with 44% of children internet search requests being related to games. The Korean-wave is also popular among children as nearly half of music requests (48%) were k-pop related. 

Survey participants included users of Kaspersky Safe Kids, a parental control app that helps parents protect their children from cyberthreats. Results were drawn from anonymised metadata voluntarily provided by users of the app from 25 October to 26 November 2020. These consist of search requests made by children via Bing, Google, Mail.ru, Yahoo, Yandex and YouTube more than 100 times. 

“There is a popular saying on the internet – ‘Google knows more about you than your mother does’, which sounds ridiculously true. Knowing what your children search for can help parents understand their needs better, consider their intentions and even become a better friend,” says Anna Larkina, web content analysis expert at Kaspersky.


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