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Children search for sex and YouTube

Children search for sex and YouTube

Children are using the internet to watch YouTube videos and look up "sex", but don’t be shocked – “get over it”, according to tracking service OnlineFamily.Norton.

In a new study of the top 100 internet search terms, computer security firm Symantec found that kids are using the internet to socialise and research sex.

Marian Merritt, internet safety advocate at Symantec, said, "Seeing YouTube on top is no surprise. Kids use YouTube as a starting place for entertainment as well as for education purposes. Any of us who have been teenagers are not surprised kids look for information about sex. I think we have all gotten over our shock that the internet has porn."

The most popular search term was video-sharing site YouTube, where children go for snippets ranging from Japanese anime and viral videos to dance routines and help with maths homework.

Another top search term, "Fred", refers to YouTube videos of a fictional character popular amongst children.

Searches for "sex" came in fourth, just ahead of social-networking service MySpace and then "porn," which was the sixth most common query.

Other top search terms included Michael Jackson and eBay.

Symantec studied 3.5 million searches made by OnlineFamily.Norton service users worldwide between February and July of this year. The search term had to be submitted at least 50 times to make the list, according to CNet.com.

Here’s he top 10 children's searches (in order) from February to July this year:

1. YouTube
2. Google
3. Facebook
4. Sex
5. MySpace
6. Porn
7. Yahoo
8. Michael Jackson
9. Fred
10. eBay

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