Friday, August 14, 2009

Web Study: Kids Turn to YouTube 'Sex,' 'Porn'

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What are your kids looking for when they surf the Web? The computer security firm Symantec Corp recently found that kids were interested in “Michael Jackson, eBay, Wikipedia, Miley Cyrus who plays Hannah Montana in the hit Disney series, Taylor Swift, Webkinz, Club Penguin, and the Black Eyed Peas' song ‘Boom Boom Pow.’” Oh, and “sex” and “porn.”

According to an August 12 Reuters report, Symantec “studied 3.5million searches and “identified the top 100 searches conducted between February and July through its family safety service OnlineFamily.Norton, which monitors children's and teenager's Internet use,” Reuters explained.

The company’s Family Resources blog listed the top 10 searches:
1. YouTube
2. Google
3. FaceBook
4. Sex
5. MySpace
6. Porn
7. Yahoo
8. Michael Jackson Fred (A popular fictional character whose YouTube channel has become a hit among kids.)
9. eBay

If CMI’s research is an indication, children aren’t having much trouble finding “sex” and “porn.” Not if they’re looking on YouTube.

Learn more about this study here:Web Study: Kids Turn to YouTube 'Sex,' 'Porn'

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