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Symantec: Kids Search for Porn, Sex, and Fred

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So what does sex, porn and Fred have in common? While many could provide an answer not suitable here on Tom's, Symantec's OnlineFamily.Norton service is reporting that those search terms are three out of ten words that kids used most during the February to July time period.

YouTube leads the pack as the #1 search term, followed by Google and Facebook. however, kids are trying to sneak naughty material onto the screen even though the service is tracking and reporting their Internet whereabouts in real time.

The term "sex" ranked fourth in the list, followed by Myspace and Porn. The service reports that Yahoo ranked seventh while Michael Jackson (and his subsequent death) came in the eighth position. Fred, a fictional character that sports a popular YouTube channel, came in ninth, while eBay surprisingly finished off Symantec's top ten.

"I think seeing how dominant the terms 'sex' and 'porn' are, that they come up well within the top 10, doesn't surprise us," said Symantec Internet safety advocate Marian Merritt. "You go down farther in the list, you see words of anatomy like 'boobs,' it almost makes you laugh because we remember what it was like to be a preteen or teen. Parents don't often have context around this sort of thing."

According to CNET, Symantec tracked 3.5 million searches run by registered users of its OnlineFamily.Norton service. Each term appearing on the list had to be entered at least fifty times to qualify.

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    grieve , August 11, 2009 10:05 PM
    ravewulf*Yawn* Not surprised. Did it myself in my teen years

    Not surprising I did it myself last night... (Im 34)
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    ravewulf , August 11, 2009 9:48 PM
    *Yawn* Not surprised. Did it myself in my teen years
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    Dangerous Beans , August 12, 2009 2:13 AM
    You are all missing the real issue; Myspace was the fifth most common term.
    "The term "sex" ranked fourth in the list, followed by Myspace"
    What are the long term effects of exposure to crappy web pages, which play shit music at you when they load. We will have an entire generation of children who think bad page design is cool. Something needs to be done.
    Won't somebody think of the children?
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    velocityg4 , August 11, 2009 9:46 PM
    They don't mention an age group. So are they defining kids as anyone under 18 or 8? I'd say by 10 any kid with access to a computer are going to search those words.

    I would have by the time I was 6.
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    ravewulf , August 11, 2009 9:48 PM
    *Yawn* Not surprised. Did it myself in my teen years
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    duckmanx88 , August 11, 2009 9:59 PM
    velocityg4They don't mention an age group. So are they defining kids as anyone under 18 or 8? I'd say by 10 any kid with access to a computer are going to search those words.I would have by the time I was 6.


    i think it means anyone under the symantec parental controls service so who knows.
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    grieve , August 11, 2009 10:05 PM
    ravewulf*Yawn* Not surprised. Did it myself in my teen years

    Not surprising I did it myself last night... (Im 34)
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    IzzyCraft , August 11, 2009 10:15 PM
    If i wanted to prevent my kids from looking at porn i would just put their computer in the kitchen or living room.
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    chaohsiangchen , August 11, 2009 10:28 PM
    "If your mother discover this, say it was you who download it from the Internet."
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    mlopinto2k1 , August 11, 2009 10:32 PM
    Man, I remember people bring porn magazines on the bus in fourth grade. Unfortunately for me, I thought the "load" on Missy's chest was being excreted by her skin. LOL... I was some piece of work!
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    insider3 , August 11, 2009 10:37 PM
    What's wrong with these kids learning sex ed at an early age?
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    Firehead2k , August 11, 2009 10:41 PM
    I would rather have a world were kids are jerking off because they can get porn online, than experimenting with their classmates.
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    rooseveltdon , August 11, 2009 10:52 PM
    I am fine with the porn and the violence but Fred? really? come on now!
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    bpogdowz , August 11, 2009 11:09 PM
    They're turning the porn kings into child molesters or maybe it's the parents to blame for the molestation.
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    michaelahess , August 11, 2009 11:24 PM
    Kids that learn proper sex ed (not porn) at a young age will be much better off later on. My 6 year old has already had "the talk" and he's already much LESS interested in it then he was before. People are more attracted to things they don't know about.
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    bmikulla , August 11, 2009 11:24 PM
    I have to wonder on which search engine they are so frequently searching for Google so as to make it the number 2 search term.
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    dingumf , August 11, 2009 11:59 PM
    And who cares?
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    Kami3k , August 12, 2009 12:00 AM
    What are they considering a kid? The age bracket would change a lot, I mean is it around 10 year olds? or are 17 and below counted as kids?

    And maybe if the US didn't have idiots making sex into such a taboo, we wouldn't have some of the highest STD rates, Teen pregnancies, etc in first world countries. Also, depending on the kid bracket, we wouldn't have little kids looking up sex as they would know what it is and wouldn't so sheltered from it.

    I mean come on, if it wasn't for sex none of us would be here.
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    descendency , August 12, 2009 1:03 AM
    Isn't that what adults search for too???
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    kingnoobe , August 12, 2009 1:50 AM
    Some of you are acting like this is new.. The only new thing about this is it's easier to go online then steal somebody stash of playboys. Unless you 60+ when sex was never talked about and you watched Andy griffin, I think you're just forgetting what it was like to be a kid.
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    Dangerous Beans , August 12, 2009 2:13 AM
    You are all missing the real issue; Myspace was the fifth most common term.
    "The term "sex" ranked fourth in the list, followed by Myspace"
    What are the long term effects of exposure to crappy web pages, which play shit music at you when they load. We will have an entire generation of children who think bad page design is cool. Something needs to be done.
    Won't somebody think of the children?
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    gto127 , August 12, 2009 2:14 AM
    I agree with having the PC in kitchen or family room. Don't let kids have a private PC in their room some kids can easily get around PC security.
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