Kaspersky: 1 in 2 family in APAC bought or rented extra devices for remote learning
To provide all their children with the devices they needed for online classes, more than half or one in every two families in APAC (49%) with two or more children had to buy or rent additional devices. This rate is the second highest globally, second to Africa (62%). Latin America followed at 48% while the Middle East logged the lowest at 42%. 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,” comments 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," adds Connell. To keep up with lessons, a lot of students from APAC had to install additional programs on their devices. For example, 38% started using new video conferencing services, and 43% downloaded interactive simulators and other educational programs. Some parents (23%) found it necessary to start using a security solution.