Eugene Kaspersky announces launch of KASPERSKY KIDS awareness program in India Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar helps to launch Kaspersky Kids, an initiative to protect children in India against cyber-crime

Eugene Kaspersky announces launch of

KASPERSKY KIDS awareness program in India

Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar helps to launch Kaspersky Kids, an initiative to

protect children in India against cyber-crime

Mumbai, 23rd July 2014

Kaspersky Lab today announced the launch of ‘Kaspersky Kids’ at the Ryan International School

Group’s campus in Mumbai. Under the program, the Ryan group will support Kaspersky Lab’s efforts

to educate their students so that they can enjoy a safer Internet experience.

Kaspersky Lab will deliver online safety education through various touch points, including a daily blog

(Kaspersky Daily), online newsletters created especially for young audiences, training modules that

can be administered by the school’s computer instructors, and on-ground engagement events and


Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: “Our mission is to save the world

from all kinds of cyber-threats. We want to make the Internet – the greatest innovation of our time

– safe for everyone. And of course that means making it secure for our children, protecting them

from harmful content and teaching them to use it wisely. This is the reason why we are starting this

campaign in India: we want to reach students through their schools, educate them and increase their

awareness of online threats.”

Bharat Ratna and Kaspersky Lab’s brand ambassador Sachin Tendulkar was also present at the

launch. He announced the auction of one of his signed bats to support the noble cause of creating

awareness among kids. “The Internet is a great enabler. It serves the needs of curious young minds

but also poses certain inherent risks. As parents, we are not just worried about the well-being and

safety of our children in the real world but also in the online world. In this context, I believe the

Kaspersky Kids program is a great initiative and will create better informed and more responsible

Internet citizens of tomorrow.”

Mr. Ryan Pinto, CEO, Ryan International Group of Schools said, “We are really pleased that

Kaspersky has chosen to launch Kaspersky Kids from our campus. We will ensure all our students

across 16 states and 40 cities are aware of the essential dos and don’ts of being on the Internet.

Today almost all children, regardless of age, either play on their parents’ smartphones or access the

Internet on their own laptops, iPads and other devices – but they rarely have any formal training about

what to click and what to avoid. That’s why it is vital that children get a basic understanding of the

principles of Internet safety.”

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“Schools will play a crucial role in making the program successful and Kaspersky Lab plans to tie up

with India’s top 50 schools by December 2014 and reach out to as many students and engage with

them through periodic communication on safe online behavior, new threats and virus alerts. By end

of 2015, Kaspersky Lab wants to reach out to more than one million pupils and parents to maximize

awareness,” said Maxim Mitrokhin, director of operations, Kaspersky Lab, Asia-Pacific.

“The Kaspersky Kids online newsletter contains safety tips, video tutorials, self-assessment tests

for students and their parents to ensure they understand Internet security. As part of the program,

Kaspersky Lab also plans to conduct contests involving parents, teachers and students, rewarding

the winners with cool Sachin Tendulkar signed merchandise and Kaspersky goodies, including AV

protection,” said Altaf Halde, Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab, South Asia.

India has the 2nd

largest Internet base in the world and the 2nd largest Facebook user base after

US and Canada. With more than 250 million Internet users in India, of whom 110 million are mobile

Internet users, the country’s Internet population base is expected to reach 519 million by 2018.

Research on Internet usage by children in India

Meanwhile Kaspersky Lab’s latest research on children’s Internet usage preferences showed that in

India about 46.6% of kids (under 18) have attempted to browse pornography. Let’s look at a few other

numbers: 17.2% of kids have made attempts to download or access game sites in India and 11.9%

Indian kids of those surveyed have attempted to access sites that require payment by credit card.

“These findings are collated from data taken from Kaspersky Security Network, based on notifications

from the Parental Control module in Kaspersky Lab security products. This does not involve any

personal information because we do not observe individual users. Instead this permits analysis of the

types of undesirable content that children most often reach, giving percentages of visits across 10

different categories of website. Because these statistics are collected anonymously we cannot know

the age of the users in question but we can guess that when Parental Control modules are activated it

means there are under-18s in the family. We can also identify location by country,” said Anna Larkina,

Senior Web Content analyst, Kaspersky Lab.

Traditionally, the categories that are considered the most undesirable for children have been

Pornography (erotic materials), Violence, and Drugs. The other seven on the list – Illegal software,

explicit language, weapons, gambling, anonymous proxy servers, payment systems and online games

are regarded as less dangerous, but still containing harmful content for a kid. Social networking was

removed from the research for two reasons. First it’s clear that it will be the most popular category and

second we wanted to draw attention to other problematic areas.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is

ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its more than

17-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security

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solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the

United Kingdom, currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection

for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at

* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2012. The

rating was published in the IDC report “Worldwide Endpoint Security 2013–2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor

Shares (IDC #242618, August 2013). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of

endpoint security solutions in 2012.

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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