Kaspersky Lab 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 contests.
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.”
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.