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?

66 comments Add your comment

P.T.

August 13th, 2009
9:28 pm

And if your kids are looking up these things behind your back, do not confront them about it or else your ralationship with them will be very awkward, and its completely normal for a child with the kind of technology that we have today to get curiouse about these things and search it on the computer.

john

August 14th, 2009
1:42 am

john

August 14th, 2009
1:43 am

findegorgorito

August 14th, 2009
7:48 am

This is only the beginning. Such exposure to porn, sex, and dirty language is the way forward to demystifying something that is perfectly natural. Children will need a lot of good advice from parents who are not in the position to give it though.

Tony

August 14th, 2009
2:06 pm

Hey i got an idea! Hows about you people as parents start being responsible and tell your kids to get off their butts and off the computer and video games and get outside. If they can’t be on the computer they can’t look up sex and pron, get them more intrested in being outside and doing physical activites! I’m only 18 so i know what i say doesn’t hold much to you high and mighty adults but my parents kicked me outside everyday and now i would rather be outside riding a bike or playing a sport instead of being in fron the computer, how many of you can say that your kids younger then me would ssay the same thing? Not many i bet.

DAN

August 14th, 2009
4:11 pm

I recently caught my 15 year old son looking at porn. My reaction was calm and swift as I explain to him that it is not morally right to view such explicit materials. Today 3 hours ago, I caught him repeating the same behavior, at this point I beat and cane my boy until he was bleeding red. Sometimes discipline is neccessary to correct such wrongs in life, even if pain is needed to be enforce.

>>Dan

urstory

August 14th, 2009
7:11 pm

This is a more serious problem than most parents think, especially on devices like iPod Touch that kids can use from anywhere without supervision. I have setup an internet filtering and monitoring service on my daughter’s iTouch from http://www.mobicip.com. It seems to work pretty effectively, and I can see the web activity logs. Check it out.

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deidre_NC

August 14th, 2009
10:08 pm

mjg–you made me remember something hilarious!! when i (finally)went back to college i changed my major to computer technology…after graduating i taught there…now this was several years ago near the begining of the WWW world….a student and i were in the computer lab one day printing off coloring pages for my daughter (3 at the time!!!! now shes in college!!!) anyway- we did a search on ‘fantasy’ and omg guess what we got!!! im sure yall know..but at the time we really freaked…all i could imagine was my dept head walking by with all the ‘fantasy’ sites listed…

my daughters havent been interested in any sites they shouldnt be…but my sons have…and have been not allowed to use my computer…not a lot different than wanting to look at playboy—but on the internet there are really a whole lot worse things than even hustler…some sicko stuff out there…computers should always be in a community area…LR-kitchen..etc…now in the days of laptops and internet in phones…god im glad all my kids are grown!!!

deidre_NC

August 14th, 2009
10:24 pm

i have to say i never put any kind of censoring stuff on my computers..i always checked to see what sites had been visited and if i wasnt happy a password was put in place and no one could use the computer if i wasnt there to give it. that worked for me. a lot of the censoring programs censor way too much…just red flagged words can keep a site from loading. my daughter has always been one to research anything she was curious about…when drugs came into her life via relatives and friends she would look them up and then be able to argue her point on why not to do them. my kids were mostly play outside kind of kids…none of them are really major computer freaks…im that in this family. i have had instances of a kid typing in a mispelled site name and getting a porn site…but as i said the computer was in the LR so it was caught right away…mostly by the shock the kid displayed….imagine getting a porn site up by accident when mom is right there lol…ive never liked anything censored…i prefer to teach them that there are these things and why they shouldnt look at them. its mostly worked. i am really so happy that i dont have young kids now…they can access anything anywhere…i do have young grandchildren and i try to teach them too…that is moslty their parents jobs tho-so hopefully their parents have learned well :)

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August 15th, 2009
1:25 pm

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August 15th, 2009
1:26 pm

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rvt

August 17th, 2009
11:59 am

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Dmitrius

August 24th, 2009
7:59 am

You know I find it fascinating how many parents are clueless regarding the online exploits of their children. Whats even more dramatically ironic is the way in which most of you seem to think you have a hope in hell of stopping them. Children of all ages are predispositioned to find out exactly what it is you are trying to hide from them.

I really do expect the tedious “do you have children line” and the answer is, I’m sure expectedly, no. However I do remember being a child. I wonder if you do. I’m 21 now and when I was 5 I remember going straight for page 3 of every newspaper, praying I would see a pair of breasts. I’m sure if we’re all honest with ourselves we could account for some rather embarrasing stories no?

It is one thing to lay down the law, quite another to believe that it will be followed.

Oh and as for our friend PD, there is a special rung of hell waiting for you my friend. If we consider porn to be a bad influence on our kids, how must we punish this leperous maniac. I have nothing against striking a child when deserved, as a matter of fact I think the experience is an important one. However the idea of a military school for any child with behavioural abnormalities is trully vile. We are not born bad, we are born ferral. The blame lies within the years of upbrining that that child has received. I say this as a man who was bullied at school for many years by people that I despised, people that you would indoctrinate into a hive mind of mindless obiedience.

Rotten to the core, these are words that many have used. To hear them uttered with respect to children is f*****g repugnant. I only hope that your children don’t fall to the wayside and are subjected to your tyranny.

Faithfully yours.

A concerned non-parent.

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