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Symantec: Kids Search for Porn, Sex, and Fred

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.

  • velocityg4
    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
    *Yawn* Not surprised. Did it myself in my teen years
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  • duckmanx88
    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
    ravewulf*Yawn* Not surprised. Did it myself in my teen yearsNot surprising I did it myself last night... (Im 34)
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  • IzzyCraft
    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
    "If your mother discover this, say it was you who download it from the Internet."
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  • mlopinto2k1
    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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  • leafblower29
    Bullshit no kid looks at that stuff. It's probably the parents browsing for it while the control is turned on. Either that or kids means under age 18 because teens look at porn.
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  • insider3
    What's wrong with these kids learning sex ed at an early age?
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  • Firehead2k
    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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