Kids’ Top 10 Web searches? Sex and Porn of course!

The good folks at Symantec’s OnlineFamily.Norton, a web-monitoring service for parents, scanned 3.5 million searches between February 2008 and July 2009 to determine the top searches made by kids and guess what?

Sex and Porn made the TOP 10!

Here is the complete TOP 10:

1. YouTube

2. Google

3. Facebook

4. Sex

5. MySpace

6. Porn

7. Yahoo

8. Michael Jackson

9. Fred (YouTube star Fred Figglehorn)

10. eBay

Here’s a link to the entire TOP 100 searches by kids. (I love that Norton has identifiers next to names on the list so parents know who in the heck they are. But really, do we not know who Miley Cyrus is? True though, I had no idea who the Fred guy was!)

From the BBC’s web site:

“Symantec’s internet safety advocate, Marian Merritt, said that with the service, ‘parents can stay in the loop on what their kids are doing online.’ ‘It also helps identify ‘teachable moments’ when parents should be talking with their kids about appropriate online behaviour and other issues in their kids’ online lives.’ “

Even my 6-year-old is searching online for You Tube. Walsh likes to watch videos that kids make with Lego’s re-enacting scenes from “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones.”  Our computer is in a common room and I walk in and out on him checking what he’s looking at, but I honestly don’t know how he navigates to You Tube — if Michael has it bookmarked or he knows to type it into Google. I do worry when he’s in You Tube that he’ll be searching for something innocent and someone will have slipped something bad into the group of “Indiana Jones” videos.

Do you know what your kids/teens are searching for online? Does this list surprise you? Do you actually know who this Fred guy is? Do your kids?

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1sus

August 13th, 2009
8:08 am

I have a friend whose 4 year old navigates around youtube as well. I have to admit that my 8 year old searches on Google and Youtube, but there have been situations where less tan desirable things have come up. Even with the computer in a common area. . . I’m not crazy about her searching for things. I’d prefer her just playing on Webkinz or whatever.

motherjanegoose

August 13th, 2009
8:28 am

YEP…each of has googled something in this house only to be in shock. Since mine are now older, I will defer to the parents of those whose children are younger to come up with in touch information today….I am bowing out and I hope that some of you are delighted.

I guess JJ, catlady, DB, lakerat, deidre ( sp?) and others with older children did not have to fight this demon so much when our kids were little, as the chance to be on line was not common like it is today. Those others probably DO know things I do not. Scary stuff….almost like having an adult store in right in the same room with you.

Have fun and trolls take note….

motherjanegoose

August 13th, 2009
8:30 am

OOOPS…DB still waiting to hear from Theresa about how to get in touch with you for lunch.

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FCM

August 13th, 2009
8:36 am

How do you know its kids? Some of those things I have googled….New Moon Trailer for instance.

LM

August 13th, 2009
9:08 am

We have several computers at home. We are truly a geek family. Many a time when my husband (still strange to think of him that way) was home we would both be on our laptops and he would give me a website to look at and we would both be shopping the same sites on different computers. Just this weekend, while he is in Afghanistan he called up while shopping online and gave me the site to look up something for my daughter’s b’day.

My soon to be 17 year old has a laptop; I don’t monitor every page she goes to. Mostly it is Facebook and Myspace, some Internet window-shopping. We have had the discussion about what to say online, who not to invite as friends, the caution I expect her to use when online and safety concerns. The worst she has ever had happen was the virus, spyware and malware she has picked up and infect the computer with. I think at this point she has had it drummed into her head so often that if she has learned by now, she may never. On the positive side, she just got a new laptop this last weekend and I got my old one back, she didn’t get a chance to clean up the history or searches before I got it back and I could check her usage. She had not questionable searches, no “bad” sites and proved my trust was justified. She is not a perfect child as many on this blog knows, we have a lot of issues and have been working for years with a counselor to help us with our issues.

My neighbor on the other hand let her son use her laptop, he typed in “friends”, was sent to a chat room and was being chatted up by a middle age man…. The son was not schooled in the dangers of Internet usage. Needless to say, it was a while before they let him back on the computer

Stan

August 13th, 2009
9:08 am

If it is a concern, and it should be, then I would hope that y’all are using some kind of web filtering software. Dave Ramsey advertises for internetsafety.com

I don’t use it, but I don’t have kids and I don’t mind my wife surfing freely :)

Unintended results to innocent searches are a problem. I’ve come across that at work much to my horror and I’m in IT. The web can be a scary place.

JJ

August 13th, 2009
9:10 am

MJG what’s wrong with an adult store?

My computer was locked when my daughter was younger. She could not get on it unless I unlocked it.

Now, I think a 4 year old is a bit to young to be surfing around on a computer, hitting YouTube……

I personally don’t care for computers. I use this one at work, but when I’m home, I don’t get on the computer. I have been enjoying my daughter’s lap top, but when she’s gone, obviously it goes with her.

My computer sits in the basement, collecting dust….I may move it upstairs after she leaves, if I am so inclined……..but I have so much going on in the house, that’s I don’t like sitting in front of a computer. I do have the TV on, but it’s mostly for background noise.

motherjanegoose

August 13th, 2009
9:29 am

@ JJ re: adult store…did I read the topic correctly today:

****KIDS***** Top 10 web searches….

I am outta’ here….

JJ

August 13th, 2009
9:56 am

MJG – it was the way you phrased it, like you didn’t approve of adult toys……

Becky

August 13th, 2009
10:13 am

I like JJ don’t have a computer at home, so I don’t have to worry about the little ones being on any unwanted sites..They are seven and the boy can work anything (just about) electronic without any problems..At this point all I can do is hope that they take my advice and follow it..

LM, it’s great to know that you have a daughter that does right by what you have taught her..I do remember (vaugely) sp? you telling us a while back of some issues with her and I hope that everything keeps on track for her..

JJ, you’re right, theres nothing wrong with an adult store for adults..But as MJG has said and I’m not trying to start anything here, she is (most likely) older than most of us and I can understand where she is coming from..I have a friend that has been married to her husband for 20 years and she to this day will not watch any movie with him in the room that has a sex scene in it..Go figure..

lwa

August 13th, 2009
10:13 am

My 9 y.o. doesn’t get on the computer a lot. She just doesn’t have the time. She plays outside most times. If she wants to get on, she only goes to Disney.com, nick.com and other kid friendly sites.

My 16 y.o. surfs but we talk alot of expectations. The computer is in a common area. She wants a laptop but we say no.. she will have to wait until college.

JJ

August 13th, 2009
10:32 am

IWA I love to hear you say your 9 y.o plays outside!!!!

Becky

August 13th, 2009
10:37 am

Our 2 grandechildren (7) play our side all the time while they are at our house.. We ride bikes, hike go to the lake and fish..The boy told me last week as we were leaving to go to the beach and take him fishing, he said “Nanny, hurry up, I’m about to have the best day of my life”..

They do have a computer at their home, but the girl doesn’t go on it much and the boy loves hess.com.. He thinks the Hess trucks are the best toys on earth.

LM

August 13th, 2009
10:37 am

Becky: We have issues; most are her being a teenager, but adding depression, ADHD and bipolar disorder, also watching her for turrets. We have been in counseling for years and truthfully without it we would have failed.
She has no filter for what she says and she does not understand that words cut and can cut deep. She is better than most kids, not hanging with the wrong crowd, no drinking or smoking, not ready for sex, does try to please and make the right decision. But… off meds, she has no self control and will continue on a very self-destructive course, even knowing she is out of control she can’t reign herself in.

JJ

August 13th, 2009
10:50 am

Becky, that’s sweet……

LM – Bless your heart!!!

Becky

August 13th, 2009
11:01 am

Sorry about all of the typos and mis spellls..

JJ, he’s still at the stage where he thinks I’m the greatest thing since sliced bread..When I say something about being fat, he is quick to tell me that no I’m not and to not let anyone ever tell me different..Got to love that..She on the other hand agrees with me when I say that..

LM, I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts..I can only imagine waht you are going through..The only thing I know about first hand is “her being a teenager” When I had my 2 nieces living with me, I really didn’t think that the 14 year old would live to see 15..She had a very bad attitude and a smart mouth..Thank goodness that’s all gone now and she has turned into a sweetheart..

motherjanegoose

August 13th, 2009
11:01 am

KUDOS to nurse&mother for saying this a few topics ago:

“what one says and how another interprets that communication can be two different messages”

To me, having computer access for young children CAN be like them having an adult store in their closet and all they have to do it log on and the closet is open. Is that easy enough to understand?

Folks tell me that I am good at analogies but most likely my analogies are missing voice inflection or visual clues on the blog.

motherjanegoose

August 13th, 2009
11:03 am

ooops…visual cues…I think I am over my limit for posts today per some trolls and it is not even noon!

Jesse's Girl

August 13th, 2009
11:08 am

I actually encourage my girls to research things on the web. The computer is in the living room and we see everything they do. We also have parental controls and locks in place. I refuse to have a naive child. I think there is a distinct difference in having a morally and spiritually innocent child and a child that is completely naive of worldly things. The computer and all its blessings and ills are a part of our daily lives now. As long as you are a saavy parent…your kids will be ok.

Jesse's Girl

August 13th, 2009
11:18 am

PS…I am a YouTube freak….Our fave thing to look at are music videos and the farting preacher. Serioulsy…if you need a good, side-splitting laugh, look up the farting preacher. Its classic!

Becky

August 13th, 2009
11:39 am

Jesse’s Girl, I think you are so right on the naive part..Kids today can be to naive in the ways of the world..

DB

August 13th, 2009
11:42 am

There’s a reason why the Love Shack doesn’t let under-18 year olds in! They aren’t mature enough to process the information in a discerning fashion. With regards to porn, I figure that what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home is up to them. But I disagree with people who dismiss on-line porn as “this generation’s Penthouse or Playboy.” The pictures in Penthouse don’t yell obscenities, grunt, moan, and are live-action :-) On-line porn isn’t playing to fantasy like the print versions do — it’s pure voyeurism. Adults who are sexually aware can laugh at on-line porn — the grimaces, the fake orgasms, etc., etc. Kids who don’t know any better end up thinking that that’s what sex is SUPPOSED to be like. Euw.

We didn’t have any parental controls on our computers like Net Nanny, because they were right there in the den, and the kids knew that I was pretty handy with a computer. Honestly, there weren’t too many questionable searches that were beyond the bounds of normal curiosity. And since there’s not too much we won’t talk about as a family, anyway . . . I remember one time, when my daughter was in the 4th grade, she was doing a report on Sweden, and typed in a search for “Swedish Costumes”. I heard a shriek as she exclaimed, “MOM!! They don’t wear clothes in Sweden!!” Talk about teachable moments!!

I have access to their Facebook accounts, and when they were younger, I’d have to discuss privacy issues with them, such as not putting their full birthday on view, etc. They both use the highest privacy settings and only chat with friends. What they chat about — sorry, I’m not going to police that, and if it was something waaay out of line, my daughter would indignantly show it to me, along with a “Can you BELIEVE he said that?!” It’s nothing that they wouldn’t be saying to each other face-to-face, and I’m not going to be in a constant state of panic over sexual innuendos from teenage boys. You aren’t going to stop it — so you have to teach your daughter how to decisively deal with it. At 20, my son is very aware that potential employers often check out Facebook pages, and is very discriminating as to the photos he allows to be shown.

My cell phone company has an on-line feature where you can identify calls and text messages going in and out (can’t read the text messages, but you can see who they are). If there was a number I didn’t recognize, I had no hesitation asking my daughter “who is this?” And if I was really interested, I’d pick up her phone and read the text messages – there is no assumption of privacy if I am the one paying for the phone, the phone bill, and the roof over her head! To me, that’s going to be the hardest thing to “turn off” now that she’s in college, that habit I’ve gotten into of “keeping an eye on things.”

LM – I have a relative in her early 20s who is dealing with a new diagnosis of bi-polar. Her mother is going nuts, because she is fighting her meds — she takes them, thinks she’s “cured”, and goes off of them and ends up with an episode. She is still fighting the fact that she may have to take these for the rest of her life — in her 20’s, the “rest of your life” is an awfully long time. My prayers are with you — it’s a tough row to hoe.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 13th, 2009
11:45 am

Guys — also be sure to check out the Get Schooled blog today — Georgia is one of only 20 states in the U.S. that still allow corporal punishment and apparently children with disabilities (of all people) are taking the brunt of it!! From Maureen’s blog today:

“Georgia remains one of 20 states that allows corporal punishment – typically paddling — in its schools. Now come a new report on how kids with disabilities are disproportionately disciplined.”

“There has always been great support for corporal punishment here. I’ve listened to many legislative debates where lawmakers declared that they were paddled as kids and deserved every lick. Zell Miller once told me that his mother threatened any whipping at school would be followed by one at home.”

“According to the report by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch: ‘The physical discipline, which often includes beatings, can worsen these students’ medical conditions and undermine their education.’ ”

here’s the link — I can’t figure out how to hot link from here —
http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2009/08/13/corporal-punishment-are-disabled-students-singled-out/

Cammi317

August 13th, 2009
11:49 am

My daughter looked up sex when she was 8, she got the shock of her life. She knew you had to have “sex” to make a baby, but had no idea what sex meant. Being bright, she logically that she could type in www. “whatever”.com and find out. She was mortified as screen after screen of porn popped up on the computer. She had no choice but to get me and tell me what happened. Although she is 11 now and has a computer in her room, it is not linked to the internet. It is for typing and software use only. I don’t have the internet hooked to the guest bedroom computer either. If she wants on, she has to use the computer in my room or my laptop. I have not had any problems with her looking up anything since that time, but we have had an incident where she hit a link on a supposedly kid friendly site and got something she did not want. There was one other time when she was 9 and typed in http://www.disneychanel.com instead of http://www.disneychannel.com and was diverted to pornagraphy. In both cases, she ran and got me immediately for fear of being accused of using the internet inappropriately. I hope that fear remains with her….

Cammi317

August 13th, 2009
11:50 am

I wasn’t really trying to post links, sorry about that.

Non-stop

August 13th, 2009
11:51 am

Where are the parents for these kids that are searching? There should be rules and limits.

pd

August 13th, 2009
12:16 pm

I wonder how old they are classifying as “kids”. It would be a concern to me if children under 12 are looking up “boobs”, but it would be a concern to me if young men over 15 aren’t looking up boobs.

My 6 year old has figured a lot out about computers and such. He will ask for my phone while we are driving and within 30 seconds of handing it to him, I will hear the theme song for Scooby Doo and he will watch an episode.

The thing is, I can’t do that nearly as well as he can.

pd

August 13th, 2009
12:19 pm

Oh, and as far as the corporal punishment thing Theresa referenced; I wish they would paddle these kids more. We need two school systems. One for the children who want to learn that would look like our current system, and one for the other kids. The other school should be military-like. Shave their heads, put them in uniforms, work them like dogs digging ditches, building things, ect… The idea of every kid needing the same type of education is crazy. Some of these kids are rotten to the core and they are spoiling the bunch.

Juliette

August 13th, 2009
12:22 pm

In my opinion the searches are normal, kids are always interested in the grownup world. The only important thing is for them to have rules but not to ‘tight’ and it will be fine. The next generation will be completly different with different rules to they comply too. But parents who still worry maybe they should try this game the Mini Ninja. For more details check out this blog: http://entertaininggames.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/mini-ninjas/

Becky

August 13th, 2009
12:39 pm

pd, I am the same way with phones and other technical things..The boy has a Nascar game that you hook up to the DVD player to use, he wanted to use it in the car and I could not hook it up..So what did he do? He got my cell phone, called his Dad and hooked it up over the phone with his Dad..I would not even have been able to do that..

I also agree that we need some kind of punishment back in school..The teachers are scared of the kids nowadays..Then of course, the kids aren’t afraid of going home to tell the parents they got in trouble, because they know that nothing will be done to them..I know that this isn’t the case with all teachers and parents, this is just from my stand point..

TJ

August 13th, 2009
12:40 pm

that’s why we let our 10 year old daughter use mannahs world for social networking. Safe, for kids only, and we get to monitor it. she’s too old for disney site and too young for myspace and facebook. win-win.

Becky

August 13th, 2009
12:42 pm

Non stop, I’m guessing that you don’t have children? Or did you forget that “rules are made to be broken”.. Most of the people on here aren’t saying that they don’t have rules for their children, it’s just that sometimes you can’t watch over them 24/7..

Cammi317

August 13th, 2009
12:45 pm

TJ – I’ve never heard of Mannahs world. I’ll check it out for my daughter. She keeps asking for a myspace or facebook and I have told her repeatedly no way, no how. It amazes me how many of her friends have pages on adult sites and unlimited and unmonitored use of the internet.

Gill Bates

August 13th, 2009
1:08 pm

How do they know a “kid” from anyone else sitting at the keyboard?

HB

August 13th, 2009
1:22 pm

Gill, I just checked their site, and it looks like parents set up profiles for each member of the family and set limits on what each individual logging in can do, so presumably, the data is based on only searches conducted under by kids’ profiles. That said, there would be no way to be sure that Dad didn’t search using Jr’s login, but the method is probably reasonably accurate.

jct

August 13th, 2009
1:32 pm

@JG – have you looked up the laughing baby on You Tube. The one where the father rips the piece of paper and the baby laughs. That is my cheer up video. It’s a real pick me up on a bad day.

Nick

August 13th, 2009
1:40 pm

Cant blame no one but your self parents.. This is what you get for letting your child spend to much time on the computer

Becky

August 13th, 2009
2:30 pm

Nick, in case you haven’t noticed, the world is changing and computers are at the top of the totem pole for change..

New Step Mom

August 13th, 2009
3:26 pm

@Cammi317 Your post about your daughter searching http://www.whatver.com made me chuckle. I decorate on the side of my “day job” and one of my favorite lines is Hooker Furniture. I directed my mom there one day to check out a great item and she Googled “hooker” very innocently and she did not find Armiors or chifarobes. Needless to say she was VERY embarrassed, but we still chuckle over that one.

Becky

August 13th, 2009
3:33 pm

I just bought a book last week of 101 kids friendly websites..It has websites for learning, for fun, for cooking, for crafts..I had never seen this type of book, so am looking forward to seeing how the kids do with it…

Robin

August 13th, 2009
4:15 pm

Becky -

Is that the title of the book? 101 kids friendly websites? If not, what is the title and/or author please?

Thank you!

Decatur Mom

August 13th, 2009
4:21 pm

Forget about searches! Has anyone else ever accidentally typed in facenook.com instead of facebook.com? Big difference!

Fidel

August 13th, 2009
5:08 pm

Be careful with the kids watching YouTube. My daughters (5 & 7) were watching funny pet videos in the same room as my wife and I when vulgar profanity was in large bold text on the screen. My oldest daughter reads it aloud … complete with a major F-bomb …

VinnyLT

August 13th, 2009
5:24 pm

I think its hilarious how parents always epically fail at installing security software or parental controls to protect there own children from internet dangers. noobs!

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shaggy

August 13th, 2009
6:07 pm

Geez! Put a computer in a kid’s room and than scratch your head in disbelief when they search about sex and porn?????
Now, sex and porn was the LAST thing on my mind as a boy. I would have plucked my eyes out if I had chanced on some of either, expecially in computer graphic color. RIGHT!
Parents today are a bunch of morons, who seem to need someone to tell them what is clearly common sense, only not common or sense for them. If they had a brain, they would actually exercise control over junior and be the boss, instead of wanting to be little Jimmy’s friend and adding to his growing belief in entitlement.
Oh, I am sure Theresa will have this removed, because the truth hurts deep, just like the truth about frat boys and sorrity bimbos.

The Carnivore

August 13th, 2009
6:13 pm

How is it that sex and porn were not #1 and #2?

P.T.

August 13th, 2009
9:22 pm

Well if your child doesnt go out alot and is always on the computer theres a good chance there gonna get bored and look up porn and or sex cause sometimes they can get very cuiouse. You should prabably put your child into a sport or something, id prefer football cause its five days a week and your child will prabably be ralaxing on the couch or hanging out with his teammates which ae his new friends.