Malaysian parents cite concerns as online scammers target children during pandemic


As schools closed and classes moved online during the pandemic, 72% of parents surveyed expressed increased concerns about their children's online safety. — 123rf.com

PETALING JAYA: A recent survey has revealed that 36% of Malaysian parents have children who encountered online scams in the last year, as schools closed and classes moved online during the pandemic.

Google user education and outreach manager Lucian Teo explained that these scam encounters resulted in mostly negative outcomes for the children, from having their accounts hijacked to being coerced into giving up sensitive information like credit card details.

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