Young kids search for sex online

Last updated 10:46 18/12/2009
Fairfax
Some kids aged seven years old and younger search for sex online, just like some adults.

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Searches for "porn" and "sex" are common in tweens and even young children, according to recent research.

A list of popular search terms used by teens and children released by anti-virus firm Symantec shows a lot of interest in YouTube, Facebook and Google. But also high on the list are searches for adult material, even in children aged seven and below.

Girls were less interested in searching for adult material than boys. "Sex" and "porn" both turn up in the top 10 boys' searches, but only "sex" shows up in the top 10 girls' searches.

The most popular celebrities searched for include Miley Cyrus (at #16 overall), Lady Gaga (#24) and Lil Wayne (#42).

In the battle of the Twilight hunks, Taylor Lautner (ranked #80) beat out rival heart-throb Robert Pattinson, who didn't break the top 100.

The list is based on 14.6 million searches monitored by Symantec's OnlineFamily.Norton, free software that monitors and can restrict the sites kids visit.

Top searches for teens
1.YouTube
2. Facebook
3. Google
4. Sex
5. MySpace
6. Porn
7. Yahoo
8. YouTube.com
9. eBay
10. Wikipedia

Top searches for tweens
1.    YouTube
2.    Google
3.    Facebook
4.    Sex
5.    Club Penguin
6.    Youtube.com
7.    You Tube
8.    Miniclip
9.    Yahoo
10.    eBay

Top search for children (ages seven and under)
1.    YouTube
2.    Google
3.    Facebook
4.    Porn
5.    Club Penguin
6.    Yahoo
7.    Webkinz
8.    You Tube
9.    Games
10.    Miniclip

Top boys' searches
1. YouTube
2. Google
3. Facebook
4. Sex
5. Porn
6. eBay
7. Yahoo
8. Youtube.com
9. Wikipedia
10. MySpace

Top girls' searches
1. YouTube
2. Google
3. Facebook
4. Taylor Swift
5. Sex
6. Youtube.com
7. Party in the USA
8. Miley Cyrus
9. Yahoo
10. MySpace

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