Bahrain children spend most time on YouTube in summer
TDT | Manama
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Children in Bahrain who use Android devices spent the most time on YouTube during summer.
This was the result of a new Kaspersky Safe Kids research which has revealed the online content that children were most interested in during summer 2021.
It shows that the video-sharing application is the most popular “pastime” among 35.1 per cent of the young net surfer population in the Kingdom.
Summer is the best time for relaxation and entertainment as there are no schools, lessons and homework.
During this period, children have more time to consume various content, watch more bloggers, play online games and chat with friends. Kaspersky analysed anonymised data, such as search queries and the most popular Android applications as well as website categories, all voluntarily provided by Kaspersky Safe Kids users, to explore how the interests and needs of children have changed over the summer of 2021.
In Bahrain, WhatsApp (7.6%) and TikTok (6%) were predictably also at the top of the most popular applications.
The main activities kids were interested in were our videos and YouTube, and in particular, queries related to video games (20%), such as on Let’s Play walkthroughs.
Among the most popular ‘Let’s Players’ globally were the English-speaking SSundee and MrBeast Gaming.
Minecraft (25.9%) was the most popular game during the summer, while Brawl Start (4.9%) surpassed Roblox (4.6%).
Another trend among kids was music.
Almost a fifth of all internet searches on YouTube globally (18.4%) were devoted to artists and clips. The most popular track of this summer was Astronaut in the Ocean by Masked Wolf, while Ariana Grande and Lil Nas X became the most famous performers.
Interestingly, the Eurovision Song Contest also turned out to be popular among children and adolescents.
This year’s winners, the Italian band Maneskin, have become one of the most popular teen bands around the world.
On YouTube, kids most frequently searched for their songs Beggin’, I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE and Eurovision winning song ZITTI E BUONI. Among other internet trends, it is important to note the explosive popularity of new toys Simple Dimple and Pop It.
They were covered by music tracks that went viral on TikTok, and a lot of reviews on toys appeared on YouTube.
“The research shows that children do not change their preferences that frequently and continue to watch the same type of content, but the main characters change.
For example, Italian rockers Maneskin replace BTS, and the game Friday Night Funkin’ overtakes Among Us.
The numbers also show that music is of greater interest to modern children than sports.
Even such global events as Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics could not capture their attention,” comments Anna Larkina, web content analysis expert at Kaspersky.
The research also revealed that during this time, TikTok, YouTube, and WhatsApp remained on top of popular applications where kids spent the most time in the Middle East in summer.
Instagram’s popularity among children continued to decline while Eurovision became popular, and Brawl Stars surpassed Roblox in popularity, globally.
To ensure children have a positive online experience, Kaspersky recommends that parents:
• Surf and learn together.
See where children spend their time online and explore how to best keep them safe.
• Consider downloading parental control apps and discuss this topic with your child to explain how such apps work and why they need them to stay safe online.
• Spend more time communicating with children about online safety measures.
Tell your children what must not, under any circumstances, be published on the internet and why.