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Youths look for porn online

Kids search for more than Facebook on their computers

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VANCOUVER -- Just when you thought little Susie was surfing for news of Twilight or Johnny was looking for Lego parts comes the distressing news from Symantec that youngsters have put sex and porn among the top overall search terms for kids age 18 and under.

Symantec announced the results of data collected from its OnlineFamily.Norton, a free service for kids and their parents to help safeguard them against some of the racier sides of the Internet.

Sex was No. 4 on the list overall, followed by porn but edged out by the top three search terms for kids, which were YouTube, Google and Facebook.

The girls had marginally higher brow interests, with their No. 4 choice Taylor Swift compared to boys, who simply settled on sex. For girls, that term was No. 5 on the list.

Norton considered the top 100 searches conducted by kids under the age of 18, with the results broken down by age and gender.

Not surprisingly New Moon was a favourite search term among teens and tweens, while Sesame Street ranked high for the under-seven crowd.

It seems werewolves trumped vampires in the search stakes with Twilight star Robert Pattinson not even making the top 100 list, while fellow actor and tween heartthrob werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) came in at 80th on the list.

Among boys, their top 25 search terms were mostly social networking and shopping sites, adult terms and games. Girls like social networking sites but their top 25 were more focused on music, television, movie and celebrity-related terms.

The survey results are based on data collected between Feb. 2 and Dec. 4 of this year with Norton tracking 14.6 million search submitted by users of their OnlineFamily.Norton service.The aggregate search terms were collected on an anonymous basis.

 

-- Canwest News Service

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 18, 2009 A17

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